This post is about visiting a large home improvement warehouse. You can turn your weekly shopping adventure into a field trip for the kids. Teachers, you can call ahead to a store and then pick a non-busy store time to take your class. I have taken 22 kids to Home Depot. We called ahead and they had 2 different wonderful employees meet with us and each gave the kids a little tour. (We did simple machines and plants on the same day.)
The kids can bring pencils and notebooks for sketching and labeling simple machines or cameras.
Here are pictures of a few of the simple and complex machines found at my my local Home Depot.
Levers and Wheels and Axles
Levers and Wedges
Wheels and Axle
Some of the stores also have a small selection of children's books.
After the trip the kids can can make booklets, posters, or slide shows to show what they observed and learned.
If any of the employees help you out, the kids can make and send thank-you notes (and pictures) to the store mentioning the helpful employees' names, what they learned, and what they enjoyed about the trip. (... a language arts tie in.)
I always like FREE field trips with the kids!!!