Energy Red Light, Green Light
This activity is a fun exploration of energy concepts for children 5 to 9, and can be used as their exercise/outside time for the day too!
In this game, kinetic energy is a “green light” and potential energy is a “red light.”
Kinetic energy is motion energy. Think of some examples with your family, like a car moving down a ramp, a rubber band flying through the air, a falling object, or people running around.
Potential energy is energy an object has even though it is not moving (it has the potential to do something). Think of some examples with your family, like a car at the top of a ramp, a stretched rubber band, an object held out in front of you, or your muscles at rest.
Energy: potential and kinetic