Inflatables

What are inflatables?  

Ever seen those wacky waving tube dudes outside a car dealership or furniture store? Imagine a DIY version!

 

In this playful, open-ended activity, thin plastic is cut into shapes and taped together so it inflates when placed over an air source, such as a fan. Motion of the wind brings the character to life, and decorative elements like googly eyes and construction paper tell its story. Inflatables are a wonderful family activity and can be done by anyone who can hold a pair of scissors.

Materials

Inflatables can be created from all kinds of materials. Explore your junk drawer or garage to find fun odds and ends to give your creation personality.

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Subject

Design Thinking

Ages

6-12

Time

30+ minutes

Key Concepts

3D design, structural integrity, spatial reasoning, aerodynamics  

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JUMP IN!

Write a story about an inflatable character.

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REWARDING & FLEXIBLE

Create an inflatable from household items.

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DESIGN CHALLENGES AHEAD!

Add moving parts to your inflatable.

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