Invent, design and build with these creative DT projects
Design and technology lessons offer pupils the chance to learn new skills, experiment with different ideas and create carefully-designed products. From baking tasty treats to inventing new toys, DT projects can inspire children to work together to solve problems while unleashing their inventive side.
We know that it’s hard to find time to plan for the wide range of curriculum subjects, so we’ve picked out some of the most imaginative DT resources on TES to help you bring more creativity into your classroom.
Ready, steady, cook
Don your apron and experiment with different fillings, types of bread and salad ingredients to inspire each pupil to conjure up their perfect sandwich using this comprehensive booklet. For more adventurous chefs, follow this step-by-step visual presentation that shows young learners how to bake their own bread, with the assistance of a responsible adult.
Got more time to develop your class’ culinary skills? Work your way through the recipes in this detailed resource pack, from making cheese straws to Chelsea buns, and try cooking healthy meals from scratch with your students.
Encourage creative designers
Ideal for KS1 pupils, this puppet project guides learners through the process of researching, designing and creating their own fabric friend. Meanwhile, older students will jump at the opportunity to create their own moving toy using a cam mechanism, and with help from this simple booklet they can record and track their progress.
Or how about capturing children's favourite moments with these easy-to-make photo frames? From design ideas through to evaluation, this workbook challenges your class to think about each step of the process, resulting in a personalised frame for them to take home.
Inspire future inventors
Build bridges, physically and metaphorically, with these team-building activities that allow students to test different structural requirements. Re-use this resource throughout KS2 by asking older year groups to design more complex structures, such as bridges that can open and close.
Discover the power of a balloon with this fun experiment, which is perfect for engaging students with the concepts of forces and motion in a light-hearted way. Alternatively, why not test the power of a rubber band and teach young learners about the importance of choosing the right materials with this boat project.
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