Tinker Hollow Presents – Art Pendulums

A pendulum is defined as a weight hung from a fixed point so that it can swing freely backward and forward, especially a rod with a weight at the end that regulates the mechanism of a clock.We have been working with art pendulums at Tinker Hollow these past three weeks. The children were able to use the big pendulum to work on a group painting. They saw that when you exert a force on the string the pendulum then swings and the paint drips and creates the design.  They were also able to build their own little art pendulum or they could use the one I had built to make their own individual art projects Supplies needed for little pendulum:

Box, paper towel rolls, cup or lid, pipe cleaner, string, glue, card board, tape

If you would like to expand this learning at home, here are some other resources  

Pendulum Painting – Science World 

Exploring the Conservation of Energy (Pendulum Fun!) We also explored the use of glue and mod podge with different mediums and supplies. Glue it not just for sticking things together. When children use glue, they are gaining hand strength and they are developing their visual spatial and motor skills. We had many tree cookies (Christmas tree cut offs), so we used mod podge to apply tissue paper and printed napkins to the tree cookie. When the glue dried, there were many cool designs and colors on the tree cookie.At another center, I gave the children various supplies to create their own paint pendulum or as I discovered, the children made collages instead. Here are some of the wonderful and creative things the children made.As you can see we had a lot of fun experiencing and creating many different things with our Art Pendulums and Glue at Tinker Hollow. Stay tuned for our next lesson…Rockets/Space explorers!!

Much Love, Miss. Stacie

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