‘Secrets of Circles’ rolls into Long Island Children’s Museum
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* Use your muscles to figure out which is easier to move: a cinder block on a cart with wheels or a cinder block on a cart without wheels. Here, you’ll find out what kinds of wheels work best.
* See what happens with wheels that aren’t round, or wheels that don’t have an axle in the center, with unusual cars.
* Find out why builders use circles and parts of circles for their strength and efficiency by experimenting with an arch bridge. Take it apart, put it back together, and walk over it.
* Use a modern wood lathe, specially built for kids, to carve wood into decorative circular shapes.
* Watch videos of circles whirling, waving, and working in the world, ranging from folkloric dancers to a game of Duck, Duck, Goose.
* Play with symmetry by using mirrors to build a whole circle from a part, experimenting with shapes and mirrors. Watch how one slice of pizza can become a whole pie.
* Send a ball across a slowly moving turntable and see what it does. Try the same thing with discs or hoops, or all three together for a spinning, rolling surprise.
As always, the museum’s staff has planned a variety of theme activities to enhance the key concepts introduced in the exhibit. Numerous workshops this month enable families to delve deeper into these topics, including clocks, wheels and toys.
During the upcoming Presidents’ Week school break, the museum will offer “Tick-Tock Clocks” on Feb. 17, in which visitors can learn how to make clocks; “Painted Piggies” on Feb. 19 (repeating March 29), an introduction to coin collecting; and “Push and Pull Toys” on Feb. 20, where participants will explore the history of the popular toys and create a wooden pull toy.
The museum’s staff is excited by visitor response to the exhibit. “It’s been fun for us to see and hear what the kids are doing and thinking and how they are making connections,” says Mangan. “That probably continues on their way home as they play circle games on the drive back home.”
‘Secrets of Circles’
Long Island Children’s Museum, Museum Row, Garden City.