One of my dads biggest regrets was not having his own dad around to show him how to use tools & mend things, he's determined not to let me be scared of using tools like he was & still is, so has had me making my own walking stick last summer, cutting padlocks off with grinding tools, using saws, blowtorches (to make cheese on toast extra yummy).. drills & all-sorts, for my DIY badge I put up a plasma tv bracket which comes out into the room nearly 2 feet! (in the photo) but sometimes I just don't know he has up his sleeve or even "popping out of the toaster"!
Yes that's right, we are making stuff from food.
When dad was little he was in awe of some gruesome automata in Brighton pavillion, & was also allowed to play with some fantastic old moving piggy banks from a hundred years ago, ..then when living in London he came across a place packed with "automata" moving models & used to go down & see them week after week, he even made a few himself.
He thought it was time I got an idea with some simple materials we had lying around, (luckily dad checked we weren't using the last of the bread ...or there would have been big trouble).
Take a look at what we made! ....then have a look at the youtube video below, it might make you want to try a project for fun or towards a badge!
You DO need a hot melt glue gun, so have an adult helping you! ..instructions are in the video at the bottom!
Below is a video of where he used to spend hours playing with automata to give you an idea how creative & awesome it can be.