Right at the beginning of summer we designed and then constructed a cardboard kitchen.
First we thought about the features we needed to include by looking at our own kitchen and considering what we thought were the most important features.
- An area for the hob
- Tall enough to stand at comfortably
- An area to rest plates
- Kitchen cloth holder
Then we thought about what materials we would use
- Cardboard boxes
- Kitchen roll holder
- Pots and Pans
- Sellotape to hold it together
My 7 year old drew a rough design labelling parts and then we set about constructing it. What do you think?
This is the cleverly kitchen roll holder. We had to use the straw to strength the design.
Once we were finished we wrote down all the changes we made, mostly just the addition of the straw and thought of improvements for next time.
How to improve
Sellotape isn’t very pretty looking so we’d like to find an alternative.
The girls wanted a cupboard or some drawers, but we need to work out how to add these without weakening the whole structure.
We’ve also got a fun printable for you use to draw your designs.
This activity is great for:
Key stage 1 Design and Technology
Improving skills, knowledge and understanding of an iterative design process.
Allowing children to design a purposeful, functional and appealing product for themselves and others.
Generating and developing ideas
Selecting appropriate tools and equipment.
Exploring and evaluating existing products and using features of those in their design.
Testing their ideas.
Possibly using mechanisms such as levers and sliders.
Last Updated on January 19, 2015 by Emma Vanstone