Playground Physics Activities

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Getting outside to conduct real-world experiments is a great way for your students to connect with physics. These activities offer whole-class and group physics activities for the playground. Indoor alternatives are also provided.

Conducting Activities in the Playground

It might seem like a crazy idea to take your class to the playground to do classwork, but it is the best way for your students to experience some great physics-related concepts actively. Hands-on experience is one of the best teachers in the world, and when you conduct activities in an environment where students get real-world, hands-on experience with your concepts, you are totally engaging your students in the learning process.

The activities offered here are appropriate for upper middle school and/or high school students.

Simple Machine

The lever is one of the most common simple machines. This activity will help students understand just how levers help reduce workloads for people.


  • See-saw
  • Something heavy (consider using your students)
  • Paper for observations

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