Design Challenge: Making a Parachute
In this design thinking activity, your child will create a parachute for a small toy using typical household items. Your child can experiment with different materials until they find ones that work best. The goal is to design a parachute that will keep their toy airborne for as long as possible. Therefore, we suggest having your child create a few different types of parachutes and comparing them to see which works best.
We have given step-by-step instructions which are useful as a guideline for the design thinking framework. Please feel free to go beyond what we've written out: the point is to be creative! We recommend guiding your child through the process but leaving the creative components up to them.