Cam Toys

Cam Toys – Design and Technology, Spring Term 2017 

The children of Class 2 have made cam toys, many of which were linked to their Vikings theme. First, the children investigated existing cam toys and used videos and a computer simulation to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in making such a toy. The children learned that a cam is a device used to convert rotary motion to linear motion. They learned to label the parts of the mechanism and then, with support from visiting parents, the children designed and made their own cam toys. While not all the children were successful in making their mechanisms work, they all had fun making the toys and learned a lot about the subject, as well as developing their experience in safely using a variety of tools, such as saws and glue guns, to construct their toys.