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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pulleys and Carabiners

We recently installed a zip line in our backyard.  There was a lot of talk about pulleys, so I thought I would install some in the playroom and let my son explore.  I have a few Command hooks on the ceiling from our Suspended Marble Run.  I used fishing line and tied up some pulleys ($2.00 from Lowes),  ran some rope through them (from the Dollar Tree), and attached a carabiner to one end.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only did he love them, but there was way more learning going on than I anticipated - ever watch a 3 year old manipulate a carabiner?   He went through every bucket in the playroom - hooking, unhooking, using his imagination, etc.  He thought they were "so cool" that when Daddy got home, it was the first thing he showed him - with a huge smile.  :)


manipulating the carabiner

He loved this!!

"Look, Mommy, its a bucket of bones.  Im gonna take out a bone and be a doggy and you throw the bone for me and I'll fetch it."

Command Hook


  1. This is a great idea. I've been wanting to do something with a pulley, but I could only envision something big and dramatic that involved a lot of work--which means I was never going to get around to it. I'm pinning this as simple pulley inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

  2. very clever! In my pre-children life I was a civil engineer. I love introducing science to my kids. This is great. Thanks!

  3. what a clever idea! thanks for sharing :)

  4. Great idea! I am def going to incorporate pulleys and a line into our backyard playhouse now!


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