Questions to Extend Thinking
How can you use the spoon to open the can?
What happens if you use the other end of the spoon?
Can you use any of these things to open the lids?
What did you do to make the screwdriver work?
Which implement works the best for opening the containers?
Provide three sizes of screwdrivers. Children can experiment
with them to determine how the length of the lever affects the
ease of use.
Integrated Curriculum Activities
Put implements such as Popsicle sticks in the block area for
children to use as levers.
Paint with various lengths of paintbrushes. Paintbrushes are also
Use shovels in the sandbox. They are another form of lever.
Plan a shoe store for the dramatic play area. Include shoe horns
and empty shoe polish cans that have a small lever attached to
the side for opening the lid.
One gallon paint cans are hard for children to open because of
their wide circumference. Start with small lids for earlier success.