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How do you make a wind up toy?

How do you make a wind up toy?

Make a Wind-up

  1. Make wheels from a piece of cardboard.
  2. Punch holes through centers of the wheels and the cardboard cup bottom.
  3. Thread the rubber band through the wheel, cup bottom, and cup.
  4. Fasten one end of the rubber band with a paper clip.

How do wind up keys work?

A key (or crown) you wind to add energy. A spiral spring to store the energy you add with the key. (Pendulum clocks store energy with weights that rise and fall, but other clocks and windup wristwatches use springs instead.) A set of gears through which the spring’s energy is released.

What is the wind up part called?

Winding the Toy The central feature of any wind-up toy is a key or crank connected to a thin, coiled metal strip called the mainspring. The spring normally rests in an unwound position, but as the key turns, it gets tighter and tighter.

How do you make a rubber band toy car move?


  1. Loop a rubber band through itself around the middle, exposed part of the wooden skewer (where you cut out a notch in the cardboard and straw).
  2. Tape the rubber band to the skewer to prevent it from slipping—when the skewer rotates, the rubber band should rotate with it.

How do clockwork motors work?

A clockwork mechanism is often powered by a clockwork motor consisting of a mainspring, a spiral torsion spring of metal ribbon. Energy is stored in the mainspring manually by winding it up, turning a key attached to a ratchet which twists the mainspring tighter.

What does clockwork mean in English?

Definition of clockwork 1 : the inner workings of something. 2 : the machinery (such as springs and a train of gears) that run a clock also : a similar mechanism running a mechanical device (such as a toy)

Who invented clockwork?

Christiaan Huygens
In the mid-16th century, Christiaan Huygens took an idea from Galileo Galilei and developed it into the first modern pendulum mechanism.

How do you make a self propelled balloon car?


  1. Put your car down on a flat surface and give it a good push.
  2. Tape the neck of the balloon around one end of the other straw.
  3. Cut a small hole in the top of the water bottle, just big enough to push the straw through.
  4. Push the free end of the straw through the hole and out the mouth of the bottle.