Refreshed by a good night’s sleep, the Kip crewmembers are ready to begin the final day of construction. Maco is going to be the work supervisor today. He gives his friends clear and detailed instructions on what they should do next. He sounds so funny, almost as if he’s controlling robots: “Tuka, take a toilet roll tube from behind the box. Turn around. Take two steps forwards. Turn right. Place the toilet roll tube on top of the egg box. Soca, take two steps backwards. Turn right. Take four steps forwards. Pick up the milk carton caps. Turn around. Take three steps forwards. Turn left. Place the caps inside the circles that are in the box.” (Haven’t we heard these kinds of instructions in class before? Yes, if you did the module 2 mentoring exercise!)
Time passes quickly, and detailed work can sometimes make you feel a bit tired. No worries – Tuka always has some breaktime workouts up her sleeve to restore everyone’s energy levels. “Hands up, hands down, squat and rise! Bottom out, knees together, bounce around in a circle! Wave your hands, move your legs, shake your antenna! Do a side stretch, now the other side, and back to your place!” Phew! After waving their arms and legs around like that for a bit, their dexterity has returned!
It’s now time for the Kip crew to put the finishing touches to their machine. Waaba paints the machine in cheerful colours with long, curving brushstrokes. “Who would like to fetch more green paint?” Waaba asks. “Me!” Soca yells excitedly, and charges towards the storage cupboard. But oh no! As he gets up, he accidentally kicks the blue paint pot over. Paint splashes all over the place, and Maco’s orange belly gets splattered in funny blue spots. (Oops! That was a mistake!) Everyone laughs at how funny Maco looks. “Oh well, at least the machine didn’t catch this spotty disease,” Maco says grinning, and hurries off to wash himself. As Maco rubs his hands with soap, a cup in the sink starts to fill with a cluster of different-sized soap bubbles. Maco gets an irresistible idea! He grabs one of the watercolour brushes that is waiting to be washed and carefully starts to paint individual bubbles. Wow, that colourful cluster of soap bubbles looks amazing! Excited, he calls the others over to admire his beautiful artwork!
At last, when the final piece of foil and the last bead has been glued into place, the machine is finally ready! Wow, it looks great! And yes, it really does move! The Kip crew rejoices, as their construction project has been completed right on schedule. All that’s left is to pack the machine up carefully. They do this calmly and thoughtfully. When the machine has been protected and packaged, they write on the lid in clear handwriting: “Smeek the Lizard. Machine Gala.”
Waaba remembers that there is still one really important thing left to do. Ah yes! The Kip crew searches for the prettiest piece of paper that Maco has in his house. Together, they sketch the journey that they have made together. They draw the message in a bottle at the beginning of the path and the Gala at the end. They write the crew’s name at the top. In the middle section, they give details about all the things they’ve learnt on their shared voyage. Each member of the crew signs their name along the bottom edge of the paper: Tuka, Maco, Waaba and Soca.
And finally – for the last time during this journey – the Kip crew shout their cheerful salute: “Form a circle, paws together and shout Kip!”