Children’s Delight in Creating Moving Toys

Children from Valley Road, Badgemore, Sacred Heart, St Mary’s, Peppard and Nettlebed schools have been enjoying a fantastic art and technology workshop at Henley Youth Centre over the last couple of days as part of the Henley Youth Festival (HYF).

The workshops have been sponsored by HEDFAS (Henley Decorative Fine Art Society) and run by Steve Guy from Fire the Inventor. The children have made a moving toy or automata using a miture of pre-made parts, craft materials and random bits and pieces, which bursts into life at the turn of a handle.

Some of the finished toys will be chosen to be displayed in the HYF exhibition which will be on at the Youth Centre on 14-16 March at Henley Youth Centre.

Steve was invited to do some public HYF workshops last year which proved really popular and he said, “I was delighted to be asked back again this year.”

The HYF continues into next week.  To check what’s on, go to