Nutty Nutcrackers is the fourth of ten topics in SCIENCE FUN FOR EVERYONE: 25 MINUTE GROUP LEARNING ADVENTURES FOR KIDS AND THEIR ADULTS. The topics may be purchased individually or bundled in book form. If purchasing an individual topic, download the free introduction to the book, which provides helpful information on getting organized and presenting the topic effectively.
Nutty Nutcrackers challenges children to crack open as many nuts as possible in timed trials using unconventional nutcrackers such as rubber mallets, lobster crackers, channel locks, vice grips, c-clamps, rocks, and an assortment of real nutcrackers. All of these tools are levers, which are one of six types of simple machines. Other simple machines are screws, inclined planes, wheel & axles, wedges, and pulleys. Bulk nuts are readily available in supermarkets during the fall and early winter. Plan on presenting Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½Nutty NutcrackersÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ during this timeframe since supplies are seasonal and may not be available at other times of the year.
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