- a variety of balls and other objects that roll or slide
- materials to build ramps: lengths of cardboard, foam core, and wood
- boxes and other objects for supporting the ramps
- camera or video camera
- drawing supplies
Let children freely explore ramps outdoors, without speciﬁc direction.
- Invite them to roll objects down existing outdoor ramps (slides, hills, or sidewalks).
- If you have safe, grassy hills, invite children to roll down those hills themselves.
- The sandbox is ideal for creating ramps—steep, gentle, smooth, bumpy, or curvy ones.
- After a day or two of exploring existing ramps, you can give them materials for building their own ramps, choosing locations that are safe for rolling balls.
- Notice what captures children’s attentions. At times, ask them to talk about what they are making or doing and/or what they are noticing and wondering.
- Take photos or videos and encourage children to draw pictures and write about their experiences and the ramps they build.