Makers Empire Design Missions – Super Quick Lesson Ideas for Teachers
Makers Empire’s engaging, educational and ready-to-use Design Missions are a fantastic resource for busy teachers. Scroll down to browse from 90 x daily 30-minute Design Missions, split into three grade bands: K-2, 3-4 and 5-6.
All Design Missions are aligned to international standards so you know exactly what your students are learning. Makers Empire is also certified by the Education Alliance Finland for pedagogical quality so you can be confident that students are learning with a world-class EdTech tool.
Simply find a Design Mission that suits your class and click the link to assign it to your students. It’s that easy.
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Think about the different toys you own. Are any of them made from natural materials like wood or paper? Choose one of these toys and make a copy of it in Makers Empire 3D.
Think about a technology you use that makes you stronger or faster, like a hammer or a scooter. Design your own version in Makers Empire 3D and explain how it makes you stronger or faster.
Think about drinking a yummy hot chocolate. Design a mug for drinking hot chocolate that you can hold easily without burning your hands.
Watch a grown-up cooking dinner. Make a list with words or pictures of three pieces of equipment they use. Choose one of those items and make your own version of it in Makers Empire 3D.
The lawn in Jill’s back yard is full of prickles. Jill has bare feet. Design something that Jill needs so she can play on the lawn.
Hurrah for Hats
Design a funny hat. It should be extra silly!
List five features for an Ultimate Car. Choose the three best ideas and design a car with those features.
Make a model of your favourite food using only shapes from the Basic Shapes menu.
Make a square toybox with one simple toy next to it, and one simple toy on top of it.
Design a hook for your school bag, that will not let the bag fall off easily.
Design a chair for Goldilocks that won’t break when she sits down on it.
Design a silly mask that will make your friends laugh.
We made this bird’s nest for our friend Mrs Pigeon, but she says it doesn’t look enough like a real bird’s nest. Can you improve it?
Design a fridge magnet for your fridge at home. Start with a rectangle shape. Then add words and decorations to complete your magnet.
Working with a partner, design some crazy shoes for a teddy bear. The weirder the better!
How is your lunch packed for school? Are there containers or wraps like lunchboxes or bags that can be washed and re-used, rather than thrown in the bin? Choose one item that is used to pack your lunch, and make a copy of it in Makers Empire 3D.
A Little Help
Think of something you use that helps you fit or reach somewhere designed for bigger people, like a step-stool or a car booster seat. Design your own version in Makers Empire 3D, and explain how it helps kids fit or reach somewhere.
Have you ever left a tooth under your pillow for the Tooth Fairy? Design a container to put a tooth in underneath your pillow. It should keep the tooth from touching your sheets, and be a size and shape that doesn’t poke your head through the pillow.
Ask a grandparent about a toy they liked playing with when they were a child. Ask them what it was made of, and why they liked playing with it. Design a version of that toy in Makers Empire 3D.
Fun for Fish
Goldfish are playful, and like to have things to do. Goldie the goldfish lives in a tank that contains only water. Design something to help Goldie.
Design a bed for a teddy. It should include a decoration that shows it is a teddy bear’s bed.
What is your favourite colour? List some objects that are that colour (e.g. red = apples, fire trucks). Choose one of those objects to create in Makers Empire 3D.
Make a set of blocks for a small child. There should be 5 blocks, each of a different size and colour.
Make a tall building with three windows on the front, and a point on the top.
Design a bowl for eating spaghetti without making a mess.
Jack wants to make his friend, the giant, a cup of tea. Design a mug with BIG handles to fit the giant’s big fingers.
Design a pencil cup that is an unusual shape, not round or rectangular. It needs to hold 10 pencils.
This toy box is hard to pick up and carry. Can you make it easier to carry?
Make a MEGA ice-cream. Start with a cone shape. Then add four scoops of different coloured ice-cream on top of the cone.
Working with a partner, design a reusable shopping basket for your family to take to the supermarket.
Think about babies learning to eat with a spoon. Design a spoon that a baby could hold and use to eat custard.
Design a toy for babies that rolls on the floor. Explain how your design choices help the toy to roll easily.
Design a playground slide that three kids can slide down at the same time. It should be safe for all three kids to climb up and slide down without bumping into each other.
Watch some ants for one minute. Put a small obstacle (e.g. a leaf) in their way, and guess whether they will go over it or around it. Then design something that could help ants get past obstacles.
A local sports club wants to 3D print ten trophies for their annual sports day. They don’t have much money to spend on trophies. Design a trophy suitable for their needs.
Design a soap dish to hold a slippery bar of soap, to sit on your bathroom sink. It should be designed so that it doesn’t slide around, but stays in place.
Design a treasure chest for a pirate’s treasure, with a lid that locks, and handles for carrying.
Design a fun t-shirt. Create the t-shirt in 3D, then add text and flat shapes to decorate it.
Design a sports playing field. Include lines on the field, and goals at each end.
Design a slippery dip that will be super fast to slide down!
Design a set of monkey bars for your school playground. The bars should be thin enough to grab onto, but still strong.
Design a hollow shape that is completely enclosed and LOOKS solid, but will float in water.
We made this camoflage suit for playing hide-and-seek in the forest, but our friends found us very quickly! Can you make this suit blend in better to the forest?
Design a fun beach shoe. It should have a flat base and at least two straps.
In a group (if you can video call some friends), design a castle for the King of Silliness. It should have a moat, towers and a flag– and something silly!
Think about children who share a bedroom with their brother or sister. Design a room divider that gives each child some personal space, but can be easily packed away when they want to play together.
Design a container for a piece of fruit, to stop it getting bruised in your schoolbag. Explain how your cover will protect the fruit from bumps and bruises.
Your gran is a bit unsteady on her feet and doesn’t like climbing on stools or ladders. She needs help to reach the soft winter coats that she keeps folded on a high shelf in her wardrobe. Design a tool for her to use to get the coats down from the shelf, while she is standing safely on the floor.
Ask a parent what house or yard work task they like the least. Watch them do that task. Design something that will help make that task easier or more fun for your parent to do.
You’re about to go on stage and sing at assembly when your pants button breaks! It’s too risky to go on stage. You have five minutes (plus printing time) to quickly make something with Makers’ Empire that will save the day until you go home and sew your button back on!
Design a holiday ornament (for Christmas, Hannukah, Eid al-Fitr etc) that shows something which is important to your family at the holiday. It should have a loop for hanging, and have your family’s name on it.
Design two different tools for eating corn on the cob. Decide which design is best, and create it in Makers Empire 3D.
Design a model train, using at least three different 3D shapes.
Design the ultimate climbing tree. It should have a low branch to swing from, and at least four big branches up high.
Design a reading chair for your bedroom that you can relax on two ways: either sitting up or lying down.
Design a figurine or doll that will stand up by itself without toppling over.
Design a keyring that will make it easy to find the keys in a lady’s handbag that is full of books, sunglasses, a hairbrush, a purse, and a water bottle. The keyring should be a unique shape that isn’t like other things.so it can be found by touch, without looking into the bag.
We made this spoon for a baby learning to eat, but her custard keeps falling off it. Can you improve this spoon?
Design a school backpack. Start with a rectangular prism. Add pockets, straps, and your school name.
In a group (if you can video call some friends), design a 3D class emblem that can be hung from the ceiling in your classroom. It should represent the unique personality of your class.
Would most people want to wear gumboots to a party? Design a gumboot that you would like to wear to a party, but which still keeps your feet dry in the rain.
Light Me Up
Design a lightbox with your name on it to decorate your bedroom, to be powered by a AA battery, and with an easy-to-use switch. Make room for the battery in your design. (You can assume that internal wires can be connected, and that white areas of your lightbox will light up when the switch is turned on.)
Think of a household object that you use every day, which is not made of biodegradable material. Design a version of it that could be made out of recycled cardboard. Explain the benefits and downsides of your eco-object.
Watch your pet, or a video of a pet online, for 10 minutes. List some of your observations. Design a toy that will be safe and fun for a pet.
Up and Away
Your school has a new MEGA hot air balloon! It is strong enough to lift up to 20 kids at a time. Design a suitable basket for the hot air balloon.
Design a bus shelter. It should keep people out of the sun, wind and rain, but allow them to look and see when the bus is coming without leaving the shelter. Your shelter should include seating.
Design a pair of headphones for listening to your favourite music. They should fit comfortably and look cool!
Create a super-weird monster, using at least 10 different shapes. The monster’s eyes, nose and mouth should be clearly defined.
Design a concert arena. It should have a stage, big speakers to the side of the stage, and a seating area.
Design a super car with lots of extra fun features. It must be symmetrical (the same on the left and right sides) so that it is balanced when driving.
Design a tent that will stay up on a windy night.
Design a bag hanger that you can place on the edge of a table, and hang a small bag from. It should hold a bag weighing 500 grams.
We made this rocking horse for a 3-year-old child, but she keeps falling off it. Improve the design so that the child can ride it safely. (no handles, small seat, no foot rests)
Design a piece of play equipment that is made only of cubes shapes.
In a group (if you can video call some friends), design the ultimate tree house. It should have multiple levels, and at least 3 fun features.
Your teacher wants you to design new chairs for your classroom. They need to be comfortable for the tallest and the shortest students in the class. Can you design a chair with one adjustable feature that makes it suitable for taller and shorter students?
Design a night light that can stick onto your front door, to help people see the keyhole when entering at night. Think about how it will be powered, e.g. make room for a battery, or represent a solar panel with a black square. (You can assume that internal wires can be connected, and that white shapes on your product are globes that will light up when the switch is turned on.)
Design a piece of equipment to make washing the dishes easier. Explain how your new equipment will change the way you do dishes, and its benefits.
Think about younger students you’ve seen playing in the schoolyard. Design a new piece of play equipment that will be safe and fun for little kids.
Safe to Shore
A river cruise ship which carries 1000 people needs 250 lifeboats for emergency evacuations on calm rivers. Design a suitable lifeboat for this situation.
Design a hat that could be worn by a snow skier. It should keep the sun out of their eyes, be warm, and not fall off their head when they are zooming down the mountain!
Design a mascot for your local sports team. It should relate in some way to your local district.
Pick a Pattern
Create a 3D pattern with recurring shapes. The pattern should be comprised of five shapes, and repeat five times.
A friend from far away will be visiting you at school. Design a simple 3D map of your school to help them find their way. Show the main buildings and play areas, and mark where your classroom is.
Design a mouse house for a pet mouse, with areas for eating, sleeping, and playing.
Design a coat rack for your house. It should stand up on its own, and be able to hold your whole family’s coats and hats.
Design a spreading tool for putting butter and jam on toast. Ask your family to try using it at home, and evaluate their satisfaction with the tool.
We designed this ferry to take people across a wide river. But lots of our passengers have been complaining about being uncomfortable! Can you improve our ferry?
Design a toy car that can be built in Makers Empire 3D in less than 10 minutes.
Where’s my Ticket?
In a group (if you can video call some friends), design a bus ticket holder that is waterproof, can be personalised, and is hard to lose.
More Makers Empire activities to try at home
You can also…
• Enter our monthly Global Design Competition for a chance to enter the Hall of Fame,
• Check out Makers Empire’s Youtube channel and follow along with our “How to” design videos,
• Create and play 3D mazes in Game Zone,
• Go shopping* to create the most amazing avatar ‘Looks’, or build up your own wardrobe from scratch