Friday, May 23, 2014

Car Ramp Science with Kids {+ Little Adventure Toy Review & Giveaway}

This post is sponsored by Little Adventure.



My kids love cars... and so do I. We have quite a collection of different types of toy cars and we love doing car themed activities too.

This month we got a chance to try out these darling wooden cars from the Little Adventure etsy shop. We are excited to share a bit about the cars with you AND share the cool ramp science activities we created. We also have a giveaway, so make sure to scroll down!

Little Adventure sent us their organic car set made with walnut and cherry woods to try out last month. 


My toddler immediately fell in love with the cars and his older siblings did too.

The cars are the perfect size for kids and the cut out windows make them easy to hold on to. I also loved how the set comes with a car in each color. That has totally minimized fighting with my kids since it is easy to tell which color belongs to who. 

The cars are also very durable. My kids have been trying to destroy them ever since they arrived (can't help themselves) and even with dropping and banging and falling, the cars still look beautiful! My kids also love to smash the cars together again and again. I am impressed they aren't broken yet!


I also love how each car is sanded smooth with an organic beeswax and olive oil finish, making it safe for your child!

Once we got our new cars we wanted to test them in some unique ways. We decided to explore car ramps and make several ramps using different materials we had around the house.


Car ramps can help teach kids the basics about forces in motion. We started off by brainstorming all of the items we had in the house that we could make ramps with.

Here's our list...
  • blocks
  • lids
  • cardboard
  • boxes
  • poster board
  • books
  • pillow cushions

Next we talked about each type of ramp and we made simple predictions about which would cause the cars to go faster, slower, further, shorter, etc.

After we gathered up all of the materials we needed, plus some painter's tape, we were ready to get to work creating!!

First we set up ramps with books, cardboard, poster board, and lids. Then we tried out the cars on each type of ramp and we wrote down what we learned. We also used painters tape to mark distances on the floor so we could figure out which car went the furthest/fastest.

Here are a few of the ramps we set up...

Car ramp with books



Car ramp with a large lid and painters tape stuck to a chair



Car ramp with a piece of poster board


holding it higher or lower determines how far the car goes


Car ramp with a big piece of cardboard held up by blocks



We plan to keep creating different ramp options since we really enjoy figuring out new ways to get cars flying across our playroom. It was cool to test out each of the ramps and measure how far the cars went, what happened when the incline was too steep or too shallow, and just explore and play.

Before we did each test we tried to hypothesize and decide what we thought would happen. The kids really enjoyed seeing the difference between what they thought would happen and what would actually happen. Sometimes they guessed right too! 

Next we plan to try to make ramps from pool noodles, baking pans, couch cushions, and broken boxes. 

Have you made ramps with your kids? What has been successful? Which ones traveled the fastest?


You can find out more about Little Adventure on ETSY, FACEBOOK, and their WEBSITE.



In addition to sharing about simple ramps and toys from Little Adventure, we are excited to be giving away a set of organic wooden cars today to a Toddler Approved reader!!


Little Adventure also has some adorable toys and teethers for kids. If you have a sec, pop on over and check them out.



GIVEAWAY

Today I am excited to give away a set of mini organic wooden cars from Little Adventure to one of our awesome Toddler Approved readers!



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This post is sponsored by Little Adventure. All opinions are mine. 

72 comments:

  1. It;s hard because I like everything but I like the cloud stacker and the cars! So cute! I lived in E. Lansing for 3 years ago and traveled to Holland all the time! Nice to see a MI native!

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  2. I like the wooden pig and the cars the best!!

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  3. Dortha (purplecrown4@yahoo.com)May 23, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    I liked the wooden magnet letters. It seems as if they would be easier to play with for someone with small hands such as to take them back off of a magnetic surface. I also thought the dino on wheels was creative/cute.

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  4. I love the teethers - I received one as a gift for my son and it's beautiful!

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  5. I love all the wooden magnets and the speedy turtle!

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  6. I love the wooden alphabet magnets (though I know my little ones would also be eyeing the cars!)

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  7. The cars and the teethers ! awesome :)

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  8. These cars are adorable! I love all your ramps.

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  9. The cars are wonderful and so are the alphabet magnets!

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  10. I love these cars best; the hole handle is genius!

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  11. I really like these cars as well as the elephant teether.

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  12. I'd love to try the Africa teether! I'm a South African living in the USA and this reminds me so much of home. I think my baby girl will love the teether too!

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  13. I love the wooden alphabet and number magnets!

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  14. I love the mountain stacker, the little dino and the cars!

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  15. Love the grab handle on the cars!

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  16. Love the grab handle on the cars!

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  17. These are great! My little one would love them, and thanks for sharing your fun diy ramp ideas!

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  18. I really do like the cars the best. My daughter is suddenly into cars, trucks, vans, and she doesn't have any of her own yet.

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  19. The cars are pretty awesome, but I like the magnetic letters as well.

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  20. Oh the cars are perfect! My daughter loves cars, especially the wooden ones our local library has, But I have had the hardest time finding done for her! Perfect birthday present for her next month!

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  21. I like the cars because I work with children with developmental delays and they are easier to hold and move.

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  22. The turtle on wheels is really cute!

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  23. My favorite isTurtle - "Speedy" on wheels, organic, all natural toy

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  24. The teethers and wooden magnet letters!

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  25. I love the every single item! All toys are made in such an great style and my children love wood toys! The most loved is Mountain Stacker - Active Art!

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  26. Mountain Stacker - Active Art is the most loved! But there is so many great toys that we would love to try with kids :)

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  27. Im sure my little guy would love the cars.

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  28. Im sure my little guy would love the cars.

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  29. I absolutely LOVE wooden toys and I love the ramps you have made! We love ramp play!

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  30. I love the turtle and cars. :)

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  31. My little chucky would love the toy cars because he loves wheels right now. But mama would love the Australia teether because she is missing home!

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  32. I really like the alphabet letters

    twila

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  33. these are all so cute! adorable cars and teethers!! i like anything with the contrasting colors too like that cloud stacker :)

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  34. the cars and teethers are super cute! i also like the contrasting colors like in that cloud stacker :)

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  35. i like the cloud stacker.

    mykatjim at yahoo dot com

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  36. Love the cars and my son would love them too!

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  37. Love the cars and my son would love them too!

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  38. Very cute! I know my son would love these, and with a baby brother on the way, I know they'd get plenty of use!

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  39. Very cute! My son would love these cars!

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  40. Love the Cloud Stacker on the etsy shop!

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  41. My favorites are the Alphabet magnets

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  42. We love the Michigan teether!

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  43. I like the Whale - "Moby" on wheels.

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  44. I love the Wooden Giraffe Teether.

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  45. I love the cars, of course! My toddler believes that one can never have too many cars. ;)

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  46. I love the car set and the turtle!

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  47. I love the car set and the turtle!

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  48. I love the car set and the turtle!

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  49. I love the cars and the magnetic alphabet!! So cute!!

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  50. I like the alphabet magnets (capital letters, spearmint color) and the cars

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/190535434/wooden-magnets-the-alphabet?ref=cat_gallery_6&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

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  51. I love the cars and the dino on wheels!

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  52. These cars are seriously adorable! My boys would love them.

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  53. Love love love the wooden magnets, we received them as a baby shower gift and they are so ADORBALE!

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