Santa's Sleigh Automaton
What you get
Help Santa and his reindeer soar through the night sky by engineering a hand-cranked automaton. Learn about cranks, cams, and rotary motion while designing a wintry nighttime scene. Add Santa and his sleigh, then watch them ho ho go!
From the desk of the product designer:
Behind the design
“Use engineering and a crank and cam mechanism to make Santa and his reindeer fly! ”
By the numbers
Pieces in the crate: so many
Santas tested for this crate: 5
Months it took to design and produce the crate: 5
I made this with my 8-year-old granddaughter and we both enjoyed the process. The finished product is close to perfect, but not 100%. The cams don't stay in place properly and need to be adjusted almost constantly. The good part is that she understands exactly why and how.
My grandson loved it. He made Christmas 2021. And already was excited to pull it out this year again.