TKSST is taking a short summer break. Become a member to support our August return
The Kid Should See This

Creezy’s Squirrel Feeding Rube Goldberg Machine

If you want to feed squirrels in a backyard, you could put a little bowl of food out. You can also glue a few nuts to a domino and wait 14 hours for a curious squirrel to knock it over, starting a Rube Goldberg chain reaction that dumps a bunch of nuts and seeds out for squirrels, chipmunks, birds, and raccoons to enjoy. YouTuber Creezy decided to try the latter.

But waiting around to record a Rube Goldberg machine isn’t compatible with enticing a squirrel to approach the starting element. And stopping other animals from setting off each section was a challenge, too. Creezy explains some of the Squirrel Feeding Rube Goldberg Machine‘s biggest challenges:

• Filming: I couldn’t get too close to the squirrels without scaring them off, so I built this machine in a circle around a 360 camera. I followed the action when I was editing the 360 footage, and even got some close-up shots with additional cameras.

squirrel rube goldberg

• Animals: Instead of waiting inside for the squirrels to knock over the dominoes, I had to hide in bushes to make sure birds or chipmunks didn’t trigger the machine instead. Birds landed on all parts of this machine!

• Wind: Every trick of this machine needed to be wind-proof, which made the tricks less exciting. I would run out from my hiding spot to stop the machine when gusts of wind set it off early.

• Rain: Some of my materials could get damaged in water, so I needed to remove them from the machine and put them inside when it rained.

part of the machine

• Consistency: I needed the machine to work all the way through when a squirrel finally set it off. I decided to build a smaller machine, and tested it out a TON to make sure it worked (almost) every time.

• Just generally waiting 14 hours: I tried the machine a couple hours each day. My cameras would overheat, I would get hungry, and bored. Super pumped to finish up the video before the summer heat though!

setting off the machine
Follow Creezy on YouTube and Instagram.

Watch this Creezy video next: The Swish Machine, a 70-step basketball trick shot Rube Goldberg Machine.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.