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Design Tech (Week 2)

Imaginary Pets


We are LEARNING to

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for ourselves and other users based on design criteria.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.
  • Create a design to meet simple design criteria.


Super Useful FACT

Different materials can be used for different purposes, depending on their properties. For example:

  • cardboard is a stronger building material than paper
  • plastic is light and can float
  • clay is heavy and will sink


Useful Links



Do you think you have the creativity to design and make an imaginary version of a familiar pet

  • Think about your favourite pet animal. What shape are they? Size
  • What features and characteristics do they have that you love best? Wide eyes, swishy tail, sneaky paws.
  • How could your pet be even better? Larger or smaller? More paws? Less claws! How about 3 heads??
  • Perhaps you could change aspects such as its colour or markings?


→ Watch the story of 'Heironymus Betts and his Unusual Pets' before you get designing - you might find a little more unusual inspiration hidden amongst its pages...



TASK: Plan and make a model of your new creature design.


Start off with lots of photos of familiar pets and the pet design sheets - these can help if you want to plan a similar looking creature. If you fancy becoming a mad-pet-scientist, why not be brave and draw your very own unusual pet on a blank piece of paper!

  • Think about how your animal (model) will stand or sit, will it have 2 legs or 4, none at all or a completely different number?
  • What facial features will make your pet special? Will it have soppy eyes to beg for food, a bright pink nose and twitchy whiskers or maybe a long forked tongue?
  • Look at the animal markings photos from ART Session 3 for inspiration with colours and patterns.


Once your design plan is DRAWN and LABELLED (body part, description, colour, pattern, building material...) you are ready to BUILD! Have a hunt around the house for plenty of coloured drawing materials and junk materials for model building. Your creature might be a mini-model, life-size or even a GIANT imagining.


Get creative and HAVE FUN laugh.



Practical resources

  • 'Heironymous Betts and his Unusual Pets' story on YouTube

  • Imaginary Pet design sheets (attached below)
  • Junk materials

Hieronymus Betts and His Unusual Pets