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Touch Screen computing devices like mobile phones, tablets etc are so common these days. Generally we use stylus pen to write on them. What if you don't have it and you want to write on it properly and you are uncomfortable writing with your fingers. Similarly if you want to teach someone using your mobile device and use it as a whiteboard and you don't have the stylus. You can make a very simple stylus pen using what you already have at home.

Making a proper parachute toy requires a little bit more efforts in terms of measurement and precision. Using a plastic cover with a paper cup can be a simpler model for smaller kids to enjoy making parachute. Replace the paper cup with a small weight and see what happens.

This frog made with a piece of cardboard, rubber band and cello tape will jump suddenly and amaze the observer. A funny toy to demonstrate elasticity, potential and kinetic energy, acceleration etc. Some art work on the toy will make the toy look more interesting.

Materials needed: Cardboard piece, rubber band, cello tape and scissor 

 

 

What do you do with the old CDs at home, which aren't being used? How about involving your students to make some lovely toys out of it? We have curated some short videos on toys which can be made from old CDs.

CD Hovercraft

Discussion Points: Air Pressure, Newton's third Law

Blow and Float CD

You only need rubber band, bottle cups, a small plastic pipe (anything which looks like a small pipe), broomstick, glue, button (flad bead or washer) and make this simple toy which resembles a hoverboard. You can discuss elasticity, and the energy stored in a rubber band which when unwinds moves the toy. Also kids can learn about wheels and how they are fixed in moving objects like cars, bicyles etc.

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