Moving Toys

Cam mechanisms
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A design & technology practical activity in which the pupils learn about controlling movement with a cam mechanism as a simple toy.

Pupils investigate a collection of moving toys containing cam mechanisms that produce different movements. The children then construct their own moving toy/cam mechanism using various materials, which they keep. Our aim is to provide Year 5 & 6 pupils with an enjoyable stimulating workshop.

Children will:

  • learn about different types of cam mechanisms and the movements they produce
  • understand the characteristics of each component part and its use
  • measure, mark out, cut, join, assemble and combine components accurately
  • learn how to use tools safely and accurately.

Children will then be encouraged to test the finished mechanism and to reflect on what they have made.

This workshop requires use of the school hall.

Curriculum links


Developing, planning and communicating ideas – Working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products – To understand and use a mechanical system in their product – To evaluate ideas and products


Working scientifically – Materials and their properties – Forces and motion


Control – Mechanisms


5 & 6

A whole day: 2 x 2 1/2 hours sessions/workshops at £380 per day
Morning only: 1 x 2 1/2 hours sessions/workshops at £255 per morning
All materials and equipment provided. Maximum class numbers = 30 pupils


You will need to provide 4 adult helpers in addition to the class teacher for each session/workshop