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What can we throw the farthest?

Experiment with various items to see which are the easiest to throw.

Materials Needed

What can we throw the farthest?

Difficulty Level: Easy

Time Needed: 10 minutes

Best done: Outdoors

Mess Level: Low

Image by Leo Rivas

Materials Needed

  • ​Heavy and light items to throw (feathers, leaves, balls, small stones)

  • Measuring Tape

  • Recording Tape

Time to Experiment!

  • As stated above this activity is best done OUTSIDE due to the fact that things will be thrown!

  • Make sure you are in an open space and allow children to choose items they think will go the farthest when they throw them.

  • Discuss with children that they will only throw in a forward motion (so they don’t hit anybody)!

  • Let each child throw their items, measure how far it goes and mark it down on the recording sheet. 

  • -Ask them what was easier to throw, which items went farther, why do they think this is?

  • It has to do with air resistance- a heavy object is less effected by the resistance than a light object and can travel further!

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