Parents, Educators & Engineers

Get Moving

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The Invention Challenge

Invent an indoor game for one or two people that gets you moving.

Materials (per ten kids, organized into five teams)

  • 20 rubber bands
  • 10 Ping-Pong balls
  • 10 plastic spoons
  • 5 paint stirrers
  • 5 tennis balls
  • 20 sheets of cardboard (approx. 8.5x11 in.)
  • 10 small aluminum baking tins
  • 5 small plastic bags
  • duct tape
  • scissors
  • copier paper
  • string

Brainstorm and Design

This challenge is about action.

  • What are some words that describe action?
  • What games do you play at recess or at a fair?
  • What equipment will your game need?
  • Will your game need a new piece of equipment?
  • Will your game need new rules?


Looking good. Can you make your game work better? Will it stand up to lots of use?

Test, Evaluate, and Redesign

Cool game, but is it too complicated? Is there a way to simplify it? NOTE: When a piece of equipment or a rule isn't working, change it. Testing and redesigning are important steps when you invent something.

Discuss What Happened

  • How does your game get people moving?
  • What features of your game would make someone want to play?
  • Testing and redesigning are important steps in the design process. How did these steps help you invent your game?
Picture of some kind of alarm contraption