The Dancing Doll

The Dancing Doll is a paper doll that fits on the top of a box. It turns around when a hand crank is activated. Inside the box there is a mechanism that makes the motion.

The Dancing Doll example is designed for children from 4 to 7 years old. Teachers can adapt the idea to other ages.

A finished Dancing Doll with the box open

When constructing the Dancing Doll several learning goals can be achieved:

  • To learn about physics and mechanisms, in particular, mechanical energy and transferring energy from the manual turning of a handle into making the doll move.
  • To develop engineering competences of analysis and construction.
  • To learn mathematical concepts within the construction and assembly process, including shapes and numbers.
  • To learn biology concepts about parts of the human body.
  • Other soft-learning goals can be included; problem solving and creativity.
  1. Instructions – how to use the Dancing Doll to teach STEM concepts and Step by step guide – click here
  2. Template to be printed on paper (see image below to download)
  3. Video tutorial (see video above)

Pedagogical guidelines and construction instructions English

Scarica le linee guida pedagogiche e le istruzioni per la costruzione – Italiano

Bailarina – Download the step by step guide in PORTUGUESE here

Den dansende dukkalast ned veiledningen til konstruksjon og didaktisk bruk på NORSK her

Танцуваща кукла – Инструкции за изработване

Print this template on paper or card

Click here to download the template

Other themes and characters can be used instead of Dancing Doll. It can be a figure balancing, a bird, a carousel, smiling vs sad face or whatever teachers and children can imagine.