Invent the machine that your family, class or group (and probably many other people) have always needed! ‘Dragon’s Den’ here we come!
What you need:
- Large sheets of plain white paper
- Pencils and erasers
- Felt-tipped pens, crayons and other art materials.
What you do:
- Think about a machine that your family, class or group really needs, but no one has invented yet! Maybe you could use a making-packed-lunches-machine, a helping-children-go-to-sleep-machine, or a finding-things machine…
- What would your machine look like and how would it work?
- Scribble all of your ideas down on the edges of a large piece of paper, or the back of an envelope. Doodle some of your ideas, like a real inventor.
- Then bring your best ideas together to design your machine.
- When everyone has finished designing their special machines, show each other what you’ve created and talk about how your machines will work.
Some things to talk about together:
- What will you call your special invention?
- What difference would this machine make to your lives?
- If you can’t have this machine, what other things could you do as a family, class or group to help solve the problems? Write or draw your ideas around your machines.
- Instead of using paper, make a model of your machine using construction-type toys, like K’nex or Lego.
- Or use all kinds of boxes and plastic packaging to build your machine out of junk. Include things like elastic bands, paper fasteners, string, and paper-clips and maybe you could find a way to make your model really move.
- Watch a funny film together about inventing – like one of Nick Park’s ‘Wallace and Gromit’ stories. What kind of machine might Wallace make for your family, class or group?