After the kids had learned about finding the balancing point and we had talked about whether something is stable or unstable, I encouraged them to try to find other ways to balance the crayfish. After a few minutes, the kids realized that it wasn't working! This is when I introduced the clothespins. I encouraged the kids to try using the clothespins in various ways to help balance the crayfish.
It was amazing to watch them work, as I did not have to show them where to put the clothespins. Eventually they figured it out through trial and error! After we figured out that clothespins could help the crayfish balance in other ways, I introduced them to the term counterweight.
After the kids had plenty of time to explore using the counterweights, we came back together as a group to record the results and our findings from the experiment. We also added our new words to our science word bank: balancing point, stable, unstable, counterweight
This week we will be doing another investigation on balance...I can't wait to see what the kinders discover next!