My biggest obstacle was actually making our parrot resemble a bird. At first, when asking other classmates and friends, most of them said it looked more like a fish or even a pineapple. We fixed this by adding a more parrot-like head as well as ribbon wings.
One piece of advice I would give a future student doing this project is pay more attention to the number of classes instead of weeks. You only have Design Technology twice in a 8-day rotation, and that doesn’t give you a huge number of classes to work. With all the breaks included, the presentation day will come a lot sooner than you think.
Overall, I think this product was successful because the little kids enjoyed it. Although some of them figured how the beak moved, they were still laughing and looked like they were having fun putting the little hats on its head and touching the ribbon wings and button body.