How to make a simple electric carousel toy


I have several designs for making electric roundabout/carousels in primary schools. This is the simplest and I run D&T workshops to make them with Yr5/6 regularly. It still spins too fast – it really needs a second pair of pulleys to slow it down further if it is to avoid the attention of the toy Health & Safety police!
I can just about get 30 (undecorated) carousels working in 90 minutes.
There is plenty of scope for decorating the finished toy after I’ve gone and inspiration can be found by Googling images of ‘Fairground Rides’, ‘Victorian Fairgrounds’ etc..
This design is available as a classpack and I can also supply a slightly more complicated version with 2 pairs of pulleys as a kit.
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