Ramp it up!

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Learning Framework?

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional
  • Social

Endorsed by


  • Physical - Fine motor skills (rolling dough, pincer grasp)
  • Intellectual - Observing, hypothesising, comparing, infering
  • Emotional - Engagement, confidence
  • Social - Cooperation

Learn to experiment with speed by using easily accessible materials.
Skill Level
Suitable for
3-4 years old
Estimated time
15 - 30 mins

What You Will Need

  • 2 pieces of rectangular strips of papers (e.g. 2.5cm x 18cm)
  • Plasticines
  • Play-Doh or Soft clay
  • Scotch tape
  • Paper (at least A3 size)

Step 1


Gather the materials.

Step 2


Take a piece of plasticine or equivalent and roll it into a ball (estimated diameter of 2cm).

Step 3


Take 1 rectangular strip of paper, secure the ends with a piece of scotch tape so that it forms a loop. Put the ball of plasticine into the paper loop.

Step 4


Take another piece of rectangular strip of paper and loop it around the first loop perpendicularly. Secure the ends with a piece of tape. This loop
should secure the ball within the loop. The 2 paper loops should form a “cross” when viewed from the top. You have now finished forming your little vehicle!

Step 5


Use the cardboard plank or equivalent to form a ramp.

Step 6


Place your vehicle on top of the ramp (your vehicle should roll down the ramp). Change the gradient of the slope to observe whether your vehicle
rolls down faster or slower.

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Ask the Kids

How can you make the vehicle travel faster?

If you like, share what your kids answered in the comments below