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  1. Renee

    I like this idea, this is so clever.
    I love your facts and science tips behind it& how they noticed things on their own…
    We have done one similar but out of a tree with a bucket, its always lots of fun to transport toys and things

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    • Thanks Renee, I’m trying to let them discover as much on their own as they can – I think they learn much more that way! (Although sometimes I have to sit on my hands to stop me from ‘helping’ them too much!) We’re wanting to do one outside this summer too – I think a pulley, a bucket and a tree are all the toys a kid needs. 🙂

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  2. Great idea! I will have to show my son. He has set up a bit of a pulley system off our cubby house with a bucket and rope, but I think he might like to expand on it when he sees this.

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    • Oh cool! Hope he likes it! We’ve been wanting to make one outside in our backyard too, so maybe we can borrow some of his ideas too. 🙂

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  3. Love this! Maybe I can convince the kids to help with the washing if they can use this to get it upstairs?

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    • Lol, wouldn’t that be GOLD!

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  4. Such a great activity! Who knew ribbon spools could be so versatile? I love showing the kids how we can use objects in ways that they weren’t originally intended.

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    • Thank you! And yes, I love using everyday objects in no-so-everyday ways too!

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  5. Antoinette

    Love this!! I’m going to try this today with my daughter. I knew there was a reason I was saving empty spool rolls. HAHA I thought about trying to loop the string around once, then maybe it won’t come off the ribbon spool as much…thought I’d share! We’ll see how it works, thanks for the great ideas <3

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    • Thanks! I’m keen to hear how you go!

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  6. Kathy

    This is a cool website

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  7. Alex

    noice

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  8. Thanks for this great post on how to set up a fun pulley-based playtime for kids. I included a link to it in my post on how to teach simple machines science to kids: https://inventorsoftomorrow.com/2016/09/26/pulleys-2/

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  9. Maryum

    I love reading the flaws in the design! Thanks so much it makes it more real and implementable! Using my own materials on hand.

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