Cocoa Puffs™ cereal


Supplies that you'll need:

  • doneSpecially marked Cocoa Puffs cereal box
  • doneScissors
  • done4 Paper Clips
  • donePencil
  • doneTape
  • doneRubber Bands

Simple Machine #5 Directions

  1. Start by opening and flattening the box completely at the box's seams.
  2. Find the side with the printed blueprints for the Simple Machine.
  3. Start at the and cut along the dotted lines. Cut out each piece along its dotted line.
  4. Ask an adult to punch a hole through each "X".
  5. Tape the box back together.
  6. Fold piece #2.
  7. Line up and paperclip the top and bottom of pieces #3 and #4.
  8. Tape piece #2 to the straight end of piece #3 and #4.
  9. Attach this new piece to the box using a pencil. Secure the piece in place using rubber bands.
  10. Fold piece #1 into a "U" shape and tape to box.
  11. Attach tape to the bottom of piece #1 to make a basket.
  12. Place Cocoa Puffs into the basket you've just made.
  13. Rotate the pencil to kick the pieces out of the basket and into your bowl.

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