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Do not be misled by how quick and simple this one is to set up. Pulley play will likely last for a while. And, you can't repeat it often enough. Plus, not only are pulleys just super engaging, they are super STEM learning tools. There are endless ways to experiment with pulleys. We'll offer a handful of ideas here, but if you use inquiry together, you'll undoubtedly invent many more. Invite others to play as well, and your child will get the chance to work together with other kids to experiment and share the pulley—marvelous opportunities to develop collaboration and problem solving skills too.
Pulley play supports development on many levels. Kids build motor skills and derive both satisfaction and self reliance when doing heavy work. The chance to experiment and play with this simple machine is a marvelous way to build STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills in a most age appropriate way. Consider the needs of your "passengers" and kids develop empathy and a touch of focus and self control to boot. If pulley play happens in a social group, kids can also develop key collaboration skills. Read a recent blog post to learn more about how and why to support early STEM learning for your child.