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Everyday Objects

Imagine Me Imagine You: Laughing Automata Machines

Invent and build Laughing Automata Machines that perform a range of actions using simple crank mechanisms to bring laughter and joy! When we laugh these mechanical machines can activate our brains’ ‘feel good’ transmitters, releasing our ‘feel good’ hormones. These chemicals send messages to our brain to help us relax and feel happy.

iOi Challenge: We challenge you to create and build a laughing automata machine that creates laughter, jokes or surprises.

This activity is for children in KS1 and KS2.

Share your creations with us on TwitterFacebook or Instagram! Remember to ask a parent or guardian to help you.

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If you'd like to play your part in helping children re-imagine the world, Katherine Osbourne Head of Development, would love to hear from you.

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