exploring the elements – earth & gravity
Continuing our series of exploring the elements, we had some father’s day fun playing with the kraul big cable car kit, seeing how far we could make it travel and chasing it down the hill! Without even realising it they were exploring all the different factors making it go fast or slow, an early introduction to gravity and weight. Exploring the earth element can be done more directly by playing in sand or soil, or it can be exploring caves or mines or playing with different materials such as wood, metal, light things or heavy things or it can be explored in relation to how matter behaves – falling, lifting, rolling, throwing.
All of the inspiring kraul product range gives so much, the fun starts with putting together the product, a great activity in itself before even the playing begins, it also encourages you to then experiment with where and how you play with it once it is made.
The Kraul Big Cable Car Kit is modelled on a real-life mountain funicular, this fantastic cable car will travel across the room, or from tree to tree at a gentle pace or go full speed down into the valley! Hours of fun exploring gravity indoors or out. Assembly from 10 years, play from 5 years. Comes with 2 x 20m of string. The Big Cable Car Kit consists of a gondola that you and your child/children put together. A cable string is supplied that will need to be fixed to 2 points. You decide where! Fixing: The cable (string) is tied to 2 points; one at each fixed stationary point so that there is a slope between them. Operation: The pulling string is attached to the gondola and then to the higher of the 2 points of the cable string. Pulling the pulling string will cause the gondola to ride up to the highest point. Letting go of the pulling string will cause the gondola to travel down to the lowest point. The gradient of incline of the cable will decide the speed at which the cable car travels! This is the educational and fun aspect of this kit. Children will learn from experimenting. How fast can the make the cable car go? There are also more products in the range that enable you to add a winch, station, shuttle service and more.