Primary school students in Port Macquarie are getting in the Christmas spirit early by making toys for children in drought-affected areas.
St Joseph's Primary School students constructed magnetic fishing rods, aerodynamic kites, pom-pom launchers and gnome catapults at the MakerSpace community trades centre on November 21 and 22.
Students used arts and fabric making areas of the Mid North Coast Community College centre to make the toys for children at St Joseph's Primary School, Tenterfield.
Port Macquarie stage one teacher Emma Francis said students originally started the idea after hearing about drought and bushfires in other areas of NSW.
"At the start of the unit the students received a letter from Santa. The letter asked our students to think about other children, families and school communities who are not as fortunate as we are and affected by drought," she said.
"Our students would like to use the knowledge gained this term to design and create toys for these children.
"In following our values of community and service, our students have decided that the toys they create will be delivered to St Joseph's Primary School, Tenterfield.
"The community at Tenterfield have been affected by both drought and bushfires. Our students have learned about the community and been prompted by the letter from Santa to help bring joy to the children and their families."
Students used their own knowledge from science and technology classes about 'push and pull' magnetic forces and properties of materials to make the toys.
They also held a design making process day to build a bowling set, mini foosball tables, labyrinth style mazes, a theatre stand and marionette puppets.
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