Playground Energy


A physics lesson about energy.

Energy is everywhere, from your cell phone battery to the frozen burrito you are microwaving. You can’t ignore it! So what exactly is energy and can we manipulate it to work to our advantage? This hands-on lesson for kids dives into the fundamental details of energy and how it is converted to both useful and unusual forms. Our energy lesson is best taught at a playground and is perfect for kids in kindergarten up to 5th grade.

In this lesson we will:

Visit a playground to learn about the types of energy and how they change form

Swing on a swing, bounce a ball, and play with playground equipment to experience that energy change.

This lesson contains:

Full hands-on lesson about energy

Concepts and Vocabulary

Time to Complete:

20+ minutes


Physics, energy


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