Mechanisms – Pop up cards

These pop-up cards are super easy to make and lots of fun, we made these New Year firework cards in less than 10 minutes, they’re also a great way to introduce children to the concept of levers and mechanism.

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What you need

Card

Glue or other sticky materials ( you could test gle, blu-tack etc, to see which works the best as a extension activity )

Pens and decorations

Method

Cut out two greeting card shaped pieces of card.

Cut two strips into one as shown below

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Stick the other piece of card to the outside

Add your decorations

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Extension activities

Experiment to see which types of glue, blu-tack etc work the best for your decorations.

Experiment with different sizes of pop up parts.

Great for Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Design and Technology

Introduce to children how moving pop up and lever mechanisms.

Questions to ask

How are mechanisms made?

Why are moving parts used?

How does the mechanism work?

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