As you may know, my son is a tactile learner in that he learns more effectively when using his hands. Keeping in mind that he also enjoys anything and everything science related, I am always on the look out for resources that support his style of learning as well as his interest. I came across this book, How Machines Work: The Interactive Guide to Simple Machines and Mechanisms by Nick Arnold and Allan Sanders, that I want to share with you as I think it is an incredible resource for a tactile learner like my son.
This book covers a range of information on different machines. It also gives a history time line on the development of machines and how they work. The types of machines that are talked about in this book include; inclined plane, lever, wheel and axle, pulley, gear, rack and pinion, crank, ratchet and cam.
As well as the information in this book, it also comes with its own materials and parts that are needed to construct your own machine. There are 12 models in total that the learner can construct. All the materials are supplied in the book such as the bolts, nuts, washers and string that are needed to make the models work.
It also comes with colour and number coded cogs, rods and wheels as well as easy-to-follow instructions for each of the 12 working models. The workshop board is also included in this book as it is used to build the working models on.Although the book has no recommended age, my guess would be that a learner as young as five or six years of age could use this book and build the models, together with adult help. My son is eight years old and was able to independently work with these materials, following the instructions and understand the concept of the models. The pieces of the model are simple and can easily be put together by young learners.
You can find Nick Arnold and Allan Sanders book, How Machines Work: The Interactive Guide to Simple Machines and Mechanisms from this affiliated link. If you would like to see more learning ideas and printables, you can visit my pinterest board, Simple Machines.
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