Activity Introduction

Nothing in this world is perfect, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make improvements! Think about a problem in your community or home and invent something that will solve it. Consider all the costs and materials that you’ll need and don’t forget to draw up your design!

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently or with the family.

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12

Themes:

  • investigate 
  • be creative 

Time required: 40 minutes

Curriculum connections: Science, Humanities, Visual Arts, English

Tips for Parents and Carers

In the modern age, kids are bombarded with specifically targeted ads on TV and via social media. Kids may not be aware of just how powerful advertising can be at convincing them to want something. This is a great conversation starter to have with your kids to discuss how peer pressure and social influences can cause them to act a certain way or want certain things, such as toys and brand-name items. Get them to reflect on what they might actually like and what they are just being told to like.

By naming, analysing and employing persuasive tactics in their own ads (such as cool music, exciting graphics and buzz words) kids will be more aware of how and when they are being subtly influenced by companies interested in getting them to spend money. You might like to chat to your kids about what it is about certain ads that gets their attention or makes them excited. Is it a particular colour, idea, word or a combination of multiple things that grabs them?

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

In the shark tank – Years 5 & 6

Resources Required

  • Art supplies: coloured pencils, pens, paint, coloured paper, glue, scissors
  • White paper
  • Writing pen or pencil

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Helpful Invention Design - Activity Instructions

Nothing in this world is perfect, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make improvements! Think about a problem in your community or home and invent something that will solve it. Consider all the costs and materials that you’ll need and don’t forget to draw up your design!

Part A: Research

Step 1. Find a problem in your home or local community. It could be that dad’s keys are always going missing, or the local wildlife does not have somewhere safe to stay at night. Write down all your possible ideas, even the weak ones.

Step 2. Select your strongest idea. Answer the following questions to decide if you’ve identified an appropriate problem.

Why does this problem need solving?

____________________________________________________________________________

How will your invention solve the problem?

____________________________________________________________________________

Who will benefit from you solving this problem?

__________________

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