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You will need: recycling materials; string; wool; scissors; glue; foil; straws; cotton reels; pipe cleaners; cardboard tubes; yoghurt pots; sticky tape; Lego or Playmobil figures; pictures of pulley systems (for inspiration)

Challenge the children to use recycling materials to make a machine that will raise up a yoghurt pot carrying a small toy figure. Leave room for lots of experimentation, but show them simple pictures of pulley systems in case they need a bit of a head start. They might want to work alone or with others, so let them lead the way.

As they create, use the time to chat about the story and discuss their responses. When the machines have been made, test them out by re-enacting the scene from the story. Extra points to those who can disguise the machine to look like clouds!  

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