Cutting out a cardboard wheel

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45 minutes This should take about 45 mins

You will need:

  • Print-outs (3 pages)
  • Cardboard from a box
  • A blob of moulding clay
  • A sheet of A4 paper or thin card
  • A glue stick
  • A pair of scissors

Remember to ask a Grown-up for help.

What to do:

Step 1

Cutting out the shapes.

Carefully cut out your colour shapes with a pair of scissors. Be careful though as scissors can be sharp.

Step 2

Gluing shapes to the cardboard

Using the glue, carefully glue all the shapes down onto the cardboard. Watch out - glue can be very sticky!

Step 3

Cutting shapes out

Once all the shapes are stuck down firmly, using your scissors, carefully cut all the shapes out of the cardboard. It’s a good idea to stick the three smaller blue shapes flush with the end of the cardboard. Don’t forget to ask a grown-up for help as scissors can be tricky.

Step 4

Sticking shapes together

When you have all your shapes on cardboard cut out, stick the three blue shapes together, to make a thick layered cardboard rectangle.

Step 5

Making a hole in the middle of the wheel

There are big black dots at the centre of the two wheel shapes ‘A’. We want to carefully punch small holes into these dots and here’s a handy method: put a blob of moulding clay on your table; lightly place the piece of card, with the dot on it, on top; align the dot with the clay beneath and, using the pointed end of the pencil, puncture a hole in the card. This will make a tidy hole.

Step 6

Making a hole in the middle of the wheel

The red shapes ‘B’ and ‘C’, which make up the axle, have two holes marked out at either end: one big and one small. Use the sharp pencil point and moulding clay to punch holes into the two shapes. One of the holes should be bigger. This hole will hold the handlebar.

Step 7

Gluing shapes together

Stick the layered blue shape in between the two red strips ‘B’ and ‘C’. The blue shape should be positioned about 5cm from the edge where the smaller hole is. When you’re happy with the position glue the two red strips either side of the thick blue shapes.

Step 8

Gluing the wheels together

Glue the two wheel shapes together, aligning the centre holes. Slot the wheels in between the axle: the two red shapes.

Step 9

Rolling up paper

Take the sheet of A4 paper and roll it up. This slim tube will make up the handlebar of the wheel and axle. The tube has to fit in the bigger holes in the axle shape (‘B’, ‘C’, and the blue layered shapes).

Step 10

Rolling up paper

Insert the drinking straw into the holes of the red shape, and it should slide through the two wheels and out the other side. When you have the ‘handle bar’ in place, secure it with tape. Now you have a working handlebar, axle and wheel which spins!

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