A young child could be fascinated with the mechanical structure of a toy tower crane that can transport small metal objects. Picking up the objects with the magnetised crane and moving them to a nearby location will be a lot of fun, but creating the actual tower crane with the help of an adult will add an extra level of excitement. Easy-to-find household materials are all you need to put together a toy tower crane.
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Things you need
- Strong string
- Masking tape
- Interior doorway
- Tape measure
- Two small magnets
- Small metal objects like nails
Cut a piece of masking tape to measure 5 inches long.
Cut one piece of masking tape to measure 3 inches long.
Press the sticky side of the short piece of tape to the sticky side of the long piece, centred, leaving 1 inch at each end of the long piece.
Press the sticky ends of the long piece of tape to the top of a doorway. This will create a pulley for the crane.
Measure the distance from the top of the doorway to the floor. Double that and subtract 24 inches. Cut the string to this measurement.
Insert one end of the string through the middle channel of the pulley, bringing the string down to meet the other end.
Attach the two small magnets to one end of the string by pressing the magnets together.
Spread the small metal objects on the floor under the string.
Use the empty end of the string to manipulate the magnetised end of the tower crane, picking up the objects and transporting them to the shoebox.
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