We will follow the curriculum in the Lego Dacta Simple Machines kits from the coop library to explore wheels, levers, pulleys and gears. I will augment the Lego collection so that each group of children has enough parts. Please emphasize the serious, simple machines part and no the “It’s LEGO, you’ll have FUN!” part. If they come with a fun mentality, they will be quite grumpy when I ask them to build specific things and do experiments with them instead of free building and creative expression.
But I sure do hope that exploring simple machines and working formally with Lego informs their creative expression and free building later on.