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SWING THE LEAD TWICE

Make a pendulum bowling game

Suitable For

Grade 4

Difficulty

2

Time Required

 <12 Hours

Supervision

Advised

What’s it about?

A ‘Pendulum’ is a rod or a string with a weight called a ‘bob’ on the end. Pendulums are often used in clocks to help keep the time, but can also be used in a fun game:

Topics covered

Pendulum

What will I need?

  • STRING
  • PLASTIC BALL
  • SMALL PLASTIC BOTTLES
  • LARGE TRAY

Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

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In this game you and your friends have to swing the ‘pendulum’ so that it does not hit the bottles or ‘bowls’ on the outward swing, but knocks them over on the return swing. You will soon notice that this is way harder than it sounds! You can make the game more interesting by adding a little water in each bottle and giving each ‘bottle bowl’ a different point, depending on the level of water and how hard it is to knock them over. Keep score with your friends and see who the best at ‘pendulum bowls’ is!

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