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By Wesley Tillsenior lecturer, University of Central England, Birmingham

Help your class get on the move by following our practical activities to design and make a cam-operated moving toy

Unit 5C of the QCA Scheme of Work for Design and Technology involves children researching, designing and then making a moving toy. This has numerous explicit National Curriculm links, including using ICT for research. It also provides an effective activity to teach children about the D&T mechanisms aspect of cams. has a great range of do-it-yourself paper kits which involve a cam. Children will love making a nodding dog, the Mexican Peck (opposite) or a simple cam bird, designed especially for schools. The site also provides details of Flying Pig’s educational resources that include posters and activity sheets.

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