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What do all inventors have? Creativity! Form a team to design an invention that could change the world.
An invention is a product of the imagination, which can be a device or a process. With Crayola® Colored Pencils, students make a list of inventions that make their lives easier. Compile a class list of helpful inventions with Crayola Washable Markers.
Students discuss with classmates what their lives would be like without these inventions. What wouldn't you be able to do? If possible, interview someone who lived before the items were invented. With a small group, students act out what their lives would be like without these inventions.
Students now collaborate to make a class list of inventions that they wish were available. What tasks could be made easier? How?
Divide students into small groups. Each group will choose one invention to make. Together, students draw a sketch of possible invention. Write a paragraph to explain the name of the invention, how it works, and its purpose.
Break the invention into smaller parts so each person can make part of it. Use recycled cardboard boxes, recycled foam produce trays, recycled file folders, recycled cardboard paper towel rolls, recycled plastic containers, paper cups and plates, and other craft items. Cut pieces with Crayola Scissors. Try to make some parts moveable, perhaps with rubber bands.
Decorate each part of the team's creation with Crayola Crayons, Markers, and Colored Pencils. Assemble stationary parts of invention with Crayola School Glue. Dry.
Students cover their work areas with recycled newspaper. Paint parts of the group's invention with Crayola Tempera Paint. Dry.
Glue on decorative craft items such as buttons and collage materials. Dry.
Put all the parts together to create a whole-group invention.
Students may act out parts of the invention during a presentation to classmates. Then put all the parts together to become a "live" version of the invention. Create sounds that your section of the machine might make: Whiz! Bang! Clank!
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