Learning Objectives: As a result of instruction, children will be able to:
- Construct a model shelter from limited materials.
- Consider a user’s needs.
- Think critically about material choices, and about weather/location requirements.
For reference, the Design Thinking Process includes the following:
Instructional Support Materials and Supplies: Egg cartons, berry baskets, straws, buttons, pens, string, caps, recycled items, anything you happen to have! Scissors and tape would also be useful.
- Warm-up activity: What is one thing that your mother / father / role model / guardian taught you? Did they teach you to build a tree house or help you build a fort? Would you like to build this person a tree-house hideaway?
- Brainstorm: think about what your mom/dad/guardian likes and would like and need in their tree house.
- Imagine: Where would you like your tree house to be? What sort of weather and land conditions would be there? What could you include to make your tree house comfortable?
- Choose materials and construct your tree house. Try to experiment and try different ways of fitting objects together. You might want to include a way for your parent or guardian to get up and down from the tree house.
- Share and explain: How did your tree house meet the needs and wants of your parent or guardian? What do you like about it? What did you find fun/challenging?