TOY DESIGN Brian Hutcheson
When students completed the
two-dimensional artwork, they
wrote a short description of their toy
and gave it a name. Through www.
digication.com I created a free e-Portfolio for this project, which is a
website that acts as a central hub to
share each student’s flat pack toy. I
collected the designs along with the
stories and, after scanning the template, I uploaded it as a PDF to the
Constructing the Toy
The next step in the lesson was to
build the original template into a
three-dimensional toy. I demon-
strated how to properly cut out the
template, reminding students not to
cut off the tabs that would help hold
their toy together. Finally, I showed
the students how to fold and assem-
ble the toy. Glue or double-stick tape
can be used to hold the toy together.
A central part of this project was to
foster community and encourage
sharing, so students created invita-
tions for their friends and family to
visit the website, download a tem-
plate, and build their own toy.
Though we ran out of time to
evaluate the final product, I would
have liked to have had an award
ceremony where students voted on
whose toy used color in the most
exciting way or whose toy was the
most original. In addition to a final
evaluation, a formative evaluation
after the toys are designed in two-dimensions might also be a great
time to gather the students to look
at one another’s work.
This project connected strongly
with students, engaging them in
both two-dimensional and three-dimensional aspects of art and
design and utilizing technology to
display their work, as well as fostering community within the school
and the greater public. Students
often asked to take home blank templates to create other toys and were
eager to see both their toys and their
classmates’ toys on the website.
Student-developed flat pack toys
can also be used as the subjects of
Brian Hutcheson was a student teacher
from the Rhode Island School of Design
when he developed and taught this lesson.
See a lesson plan and a
blank template online!
Donovan, grade six.
Christopher, grade six.