Have a hoppy time with this do-it-yourself bunny automaton. With help from our templates and a bit of tinkering, you'll be able to create a bunny that hops along with a single push.
Behind the hopping action you see, there are some really interesting simple machines at work in this project. By using materials that are easy to manipulate (like cardboard and coat hangers), this hoppy bunny gives kids direct hands-on experience with wheels and levers. Ask your child to watch what happens as the wheels move and describe it to you. You'll be able to see how the bent axle takes the round-and-round motion of the wheels and turns it into an up-and-down motion. Have fun tinkering with your bunny automaton!