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An animation of the story of Cinderella. The Fairy Godmother is trying to decide on the best material to make shoes. She considers fair testing and keeps the three materials the same size. She weighs them choosing the 'biggest is best' approach.
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4 March 2008

Classroom Ideas

View the clip, then ask pupils to discuss in pairs what the Fairy Godmother did wrong. Why is glass such a poor choice as a material for making slippers? Which materials would pupils suggest as more practical choices? Set a materials challenge. Ask the children to make a container that can protect a small soft-centred chocolate. Give pupils a wide range of materials to choose from, including card, foil, plastics, wood, polystyrene and various papers. When the packages are ready, test them out with real chocolates, which should get dropped from a height, plunged into water and left for 10 seconds on a radiator. The children get to eat any undamaged chocolates!