Artist Hazel Terry recently told me about Science Toy Maker, which is a site run by a brilliant technology educator and filled with great toy projects including this oscillating woodpecker. It’s such a fun toy! Easy enough for my 3 year old kids to use. Yet, there are some adjustments that can be made, such as how tight or loose you stretch the rubber band, and what angle you hold it, that have an effect on how the bird moves, making it interesting for older kids and adults too.
I thought it would be fun to use one of my collage bird designs for this toy. It is simple to put together, and there is a template and instructions below to help you make your own. Also, if you want to see it in action, check out the short youtube video below.