Santa's Sleigh Automaton

Ages 7-16+

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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!


  • Learn about real-world automatons
  • Build the stand
  • Complete the crank
  • Build the mechanism
  • Finish the automaton
  • Learn about cam power


  • Cams & Cranks
  • Mechanical Art
  • Real-World Automatons

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    Sarah, Dec 30, 2019

    Fun Christmas Project

    My son enjoyed making this for his Aunt, she kept it on display at her home. She can’t wait to take it out in future years as well. My son really enjoyed this project!

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    Kate , Dec 29, 2019

    Cute & successful

    My 9 yo daughter and I just completed this project , although she completed it almost entirely by herself. The crank works and it was super cute. No difficulties as directions were easy to follow and supplies clearly marked. Successful project.

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    Kathie, Dec 3, 2019

    Great learning experience

    My granddaughter loved working on this project. She was very proud of herself when she finished making. She loves to tell the family how cams work .

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    InJersey, Dec 2, 2019

    Great for learning to follow instructions and how gears work..

    This is my 9 yr old grandson's first kit and he loved it. Great for learning to follow instructions and how gears work.

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    Lisa J., Nov 21, 2019


    kids had fun putting it together and turning the knob.

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    Jodi, Oct 29, 2019

    Have not been disappointed yet!

    Grandkids love receiving these educational crates, from the second it arrives at the door through built accomplish displayed with pride.

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    Jenny, Jan 12, 2019

    Christmas Eve project

    This was a great Christmas Eve project for three kids to do together. The directions were clear and easy to follow allowing the kids to construct everything themselves. The action of the sleigh and reindeer was awesome when finished!

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    Nicole, Dec 29, 2018

    Excellend project!

    What an excellent project! Lots to do and it all stayed together very well. It brought the whole family together and everyone kept bragging about it to my extended family as family came to visit.

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    Hayley, Dec 7, 2018

    Cute - but ...

    Really cute - but difficult for an adult to successfully assemble, and there are some design flaws. For example, the adorable reins for the reindeer also pull bodies apart. We eventually resorted to wood glue, and telling the kids to only wiggle the crank, not actually turn it. Really great idea, but needs some re-engineering.

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    Camilla, Nov 30, 2018

    Fun new Christmas decoration

    We absolutely love the learning involved and the fun of putting a project together. An extra bonus that this will now be a returning Christmas decoration in our house that my son is so proud to show off!

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