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Age Range: 5-7
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • D & T

Build a car that moves - inventors

Learn how to make the base of a moving vehicle from card

Build a car with axles that moves! Budding inventors engineer the base and body for a model car made from card with wheels and axles. This is a fun practical activity for participants to make a simple 3D shape from a 2D net. The KS1 DT activity then introduces axles and wheels to enable the car to move.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity, pupils will make the base of a moving vehicle to understand how cars are designed and how axles work to allow cars to move.

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Tools/resources required

  • Copies of the car base handout, printed on card, 1 per pupil (plus spares)
  • Axles, 2 per pupil – for example, wooden skewers
  • Plastic tubing – this can be short sections cut from drinking straws
  • Wheels, 4 per pupil
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks


  • Sticky tape or double-sided sticky tape
  • Hole punches (ideally single hole punches)
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pre-made model of the base, for demonstration (this could be made large size, for example by printing out on A3 card)

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

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