Activities for children: Make a See-Saw with candle!


Here is a small activity for children above age 12. The activity is based on the scientific principle of centre of gravity. This can also be done as a small experiment for children. This article is about how to make a small see-saw with a candle. It helps the children to learn science through fun.

This activity is for children above 12 age
All of you would have seen the See-Saw in children's parks. Have you ever seen a See-Saw made of candle? Here is an activity for you – make a see-saw from a candle! Read on.

Things needed


  • Candle

  • An old pencil sharpner

  • A long needle

  • An empty matchbox

  • Scissors

  • How to make a see-saw with candle?


    Step 1: Take the matchbox, pull out the tray and use the scissors to cut out a shape like shown in the picture below. Ask an adult to cut this out for you.

    Step 2: Take the candle and sharpen the flat end of the candle using the pencil sharpener.

    Step 3: Find out the exact middle of the candle by balancing it in your finger. Now ask your mother or father to insert a needle through the exact middle.

    Step 4: Make two small cuts on both sides of the matchbox and balance the candle in the matchbox.

    Step 5: Ask your parents to light both ends of the candle.

    Wait a second – you can see your see-saw moving!

    Secret behind the trick


    The reason for the candle's movement is a scientific principle called centre of gravity.


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