Old Monster Dog:YEAR 2 -Design & Tech-Engage2

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.

Engage - Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs.

Theme - TOYS & GAMES

Treasure hunt games

Pokémon Go is a virtual game where participants move through an environment to capture Pokémon characters. The game provides participants with clues, similar to a treasure hunt, to find a number of Pokémon in a time frame. Introduce the class to the concept for this game which is to find, trap and capture Pokémon.

Another online treasure hunt is:

  • Pirate treasure hunt: Eight challenges (Scootle: TLF ID L8304)
    Join forces with Pirate Jack. He needs your help to solve five problems and find the hidden treasure. Use the map to work your way through the obstacles one by one and in the right order. Use your maths and literacy skills to make sure you collect the correct item before tackling the next obstacle.

Students are to create their own treasure hunt game. Have each student design and construct their own small (hand-size) ‘frilly-necked monster’. Materials could be play dough, plasticine, cork and bamboo skewer sticks, Papier Mache, or any 3-Dimensional materials.

Have students hide their frilly-necked monsters in the school environment. They must write or tell a clue where to find the monster. Prepare all clues in a list. Divide students into pairs and give each pair a map of the school and the set of clues. Each pair has a fixed amount of time to locate the monsters and mark it on their map. The team who finds the most monsters in the quickest time are the winners. Individuals collect their monsters from the environment at the end of the game.

Review the game with the class:

  • What is the purpose of the game?
  • How does it work? How do I know this?
  • What material/s were used to construct the monsters?
  • Was it difficult or easy to play? Why?
  • What do I like or dislike about it?

Suggested resources

  • Yulunga Traditional Indigenous Games, Sport Australia
  • Brajerack, a traditional Aboriginal ‘hide and seek’ game (PDF), Australian Sports Commission, Australian Government
  • Fair play for children
  • Test the design of a simple soccer game. Notice how different the game becomes when the rules are changed. Consider the effects of introducing new playing conditions such as changing the target size. Choose rules to make the game fair. Practise scoring goals. This learning object is one in a series of two learning objects.