Creative Sustainability - Rethinking Everyday Products

Creative Sustainability - Rethinking Everyday Products

Lesson 8 of 8 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Foundation
  • Year 1 - 2
  • Technology
  • Design and Technologies
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this lesson students will use connector pens as a case study to understand innovative design solutions. Students will analyse this innovative product before using the SCAMPER brainstorming model to redesign another everyday product. Students will create a drawing of their final product to present to the class for feedback.

Learning intentions:

  • Students will be able to analyse the design features of an innovative product
  • Students know how to apply design thinking techniques to existing products.

Success criteria:

  • Students articulate how the unique design features of a known product appeal to a range of people
  • Students brainstorm using the SCAMPER method
  • Students create a design based on an existing product
  • Students communicate the design and advantages of a product design to the class.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions: 

Years F-2 Design and Technologies:

  • Explore the characteristics and properties of materials and components that are used to produce designed solutions (ACTDEK004).

Syllabus outcomes: STe-9ME, ST1-12MW, ST1-13MW.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

Relevant parts of Years F-2 Design and Technology achievement standards: Students describe the purpose of familiar products, services and environments and how they meet a range of present needs. 

Unit of work: Creative Sustainability – Years F-2 – Visual Arts.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Facilitate a class brainstorming session and organise student presentations.

Resources required

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • A class set of Connector Pens 


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving

Additional info

Faber-Castell has long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. It is also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.

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