Old Monster Dog:YEAR 1-Design & Tech-Elaborate

Little J is initially scared to approach the ‘monster’ in the back yard. Encouraged to face his fears, he vows to catch the frilly-necked monster and sets about building a monster trap with the help of Levi.

Elaborate - Sequence steps for making designed solutions and working collaboratively.


Design Brief

Design and construct a frilly-necked monster costume or toy.

  • Purpose:
    For the school fete: The class has a stall titled, ‘The Day of the Frilly-necked Monster’.
  • Materials:
    paper, cardboard, play dough, fabric, fibre, lego/duplo, food, recycled materials, etc.
  • Construction techniques:
    student’s choice to produce a three-dimensional product.

Students could work in pairs to design and construct their imaginary monster for a class stall and/or parade. Construction builds both fine and gross motor skills, coordination and metacognition. View Kid Engineer: The design process (video), Design Squad, PBS Kids

Using the design process, ask students to develop ideas and solutions prior to beginning to model or construct their frilly-necked monster:

  • Design:
    • Define the need
    • Brainstorming
    • Designing the solution
  • Make:
    • Develop scaled drawings
    • Make smaller models to test mechanics
  • Build:
    • test, evaluate and re-design
  • Evaluate:
    • share the design and receiving feedback

Once students have completed their frilly-necked monster, ask the class to reflect on the process they used to design and construct the design solution and answer the following questions:

  • What do I like/dislike about it?
  • How would I improve my design?

The illustrations and the explanations should be entered into their Design journal.

Suggested resources: For reference, students could adapt these dragon templates and construction techniques: