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Designing Toy: Y2 Lesson Ideas


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This unit of work has been designed to complement another unit of work I wrote: This unit encourages students creative design ideas in relation to making toys. It is also linked to the Australian Curriculum. Additional resources can be found at

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Designing Toy: Y2 Lesson Ideas

  1. 1. Toy Designs By Joanne Villis This unit has been designed compliment another unit I wrote:
  2. 2. AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM K-2 Explore needs or opportunities for designing, and the technologies needed to realise designed solutions (ACTDEP005) Visualise, generate, develop and communicate design ideas through describing, drawing and modelling (ACTDEP006) Use personal preferences to evaluate the success of design ideas, processes and solutions including their care for environment (ACTDEP008)
  3. 3. LEGO TOYS Lesson 1 & 2: Watch the story of Lego. It is embedded on the following page. Aims: Students discuss, draw a design of and build a new Lego toy (ACTDEP005) (ACTDEP006) With guidance, students make judgements about their design ideas and suggest areas for design improvement (ACTDEP008) Tell the students that we are going to pretend that they have been asked by the makers of Lego to design and build a new toy. Place students in small groups and ask them to draw a design for a new Lego toy. Then allow students to make their toy. Encourage student to refer to their original design. If you have limited access to Lego and you have iPads you could use the Toca Builders app.
  4. 4. LEGO TOYS Lesson 3 & 4: Ask students to create an advertisement for their toy and then present their new toy to the class. Lesson 5: Ask students to evaluate their new Lego toy using De Bonno’s 6 thinking hats. Describe the features of your toy. Do you think your toy would be fun to play with? Why?
  5. 5. LEGO TOYS Lesson 5 continued: Did you find anything difficult when designing or making your toy? What is good about your design? If you made your design again what would you change? List the steps you used to make your toy.
  6. 6. TUBE TOYS Aims: Students design and build a toy using tubes and other materials (ACTDEP005) (ACTDEP006) With guidance, students make judgements about their design ideas and suggest areas for design improvement (ACTDEP008) Lesson 1 & 2: Ask students what type of toy could they make out of tubes (toilet rolls) and other craft materials (ie buttons, pipe cleaners, felt, coloured paper). Allow students 5 minutes to discuss with a partner.
  7. 7. TUBE TOYS Lesson 1 & 2 continued: Then ask students to draw a design of a toy which they would like to make. Encourage students to label the different materials needed for their design. Ask students to think about the steps involved in making their toy. Show students how to write a list of steps then ask them to list the steps required in order to make their toy. Lesson 3: Allow students time to make their toy. Lesson 4: Ask students to evaluate their toys using the same questions used for Lego toys. Or you could ask students to persuade the class why their toy is the best.
  8. 8. TUBE TOYS
  9. 9. INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN TOYS Aims: Students design and build a toy using natural materials (ACTDEP005) (ACTDEP006) With guidance, students make judgements about their design ideas and suggest areas for design improvement (ACTDEP008) Lesson 1: As a class, learn about the Indigenous spinning top from Cape York (pre 1900), the Indigenous pandanus toy propellers from Arnhem Land (1948) and the Indigenous cross boomerang from the Cains area (1900). Discuss what the toys were made of, how they were used and why they might be fun to play with. Let students know that they are going to be asked to design their own toy using natural materials only. Students are encouraged to collect materials from home.
  10. 10. INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN TOYS Lesson 2 & 3: Using natural materials which students have collected from home and those collected by the teacher, invite students to consider what type of toy they may like to design. How will they use the materials? I recommend that students are able to use string, glue and tape in order to join parts of their toy. Following same ideas of the previous lesson plans, students design, create and evaluate.
  11. 11. INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN TOYS An echidna with moveable feet?
  12. 12. Copyright I give permission for the following: Adaptations and sharing of this resources for educational purposes only. I do not give permission for commercial use of this work. When sharing or adapting this work I ask that you give credit to the original creator, Joanne Villis at .These ideas may be used for non-commercial purposes only. Contact details: