Ask your child to name things that are pushed or pulled. You could go on a forces walk around your home and garden looking for objects that are pulled or pushed.
Click on the link on the left to see how we can use forces to change the way things move.
Let your child play with a selection of toys and have them sort them into two groups; whether they need to be pushed or pulled.
Select a toy that has wheels e.g. a toy car. Can your child describe what happens to the car’s movement when the force used to push the car is increased/decreased?
What about using a heavier car, does that need a bigger or smaller force to make it move?
Can forces be used to stop the car moving? Ask them to show you how this is done.
CHANGING SHAPE USING FORCES
Use playdough or blue tac and ask your child to push and pull the dough. Encourage the use of these terms. Ask them to describe what happens to the shape of the dough when a push or pull force is used.