How We Make Stuff

KS2: ages 7-11KS3: ages 11-14Website

This is a great website based on a pop-up book ‘How we make stuff’. The book explains how we make everyday objects, from the extraction of resources to the disposal of unwanted stuff. But does it have to be this way?

In collaboration with the author, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has developed this website to explore further how we can learn from living systems and rethink the way we design, make and use our stuff. It aims to encourage children and primary educators to explore the concept of a ‘circular economy’ and to provide fun activities to stimulate debate.

Where do our clothes come from? What’s the link between gorillas and mobile phones? Does chocolate grow on trees?What are rubber ducks made of? How can we learn from other creatures? How do we turn trees into paper? These questions coax children into exploring issues like bio-mimicry, precious metal extraction, natural and synthetic fibres, plastics and paper production. And each section asks ‘Can we do things differently?’ There are also lots of supporting activity sheets exploring these issues further.

The website is targetted at primary, and is probably most appropriate for ages 7-11 but could also be of interest to older students. It is probably most geared to Design & Techology or Science, but the activities also embrace English, ICT, Geography and Citizenship.


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