Lesson 2: Designing a Pneumatic Toy

Using their understanding of pneumatics, children design their own pneumatics toys through thumbnail sketches and exploded diagrams

Learning Objectives

  • Designing a toy which uses a pneumatic system

  • Developing design criteria from a design brief

  • Knowing that there are three different types of pneumatic systems to design a toy

  • Using recycled household objects to make a pneumatic toy

  • Generating ideas using thumbnail sketches and exploded diagrams

  • Knowing that different types of drawings are used in design to explain ideas clearly

Lesson Plan

Designing a pneumatic toy
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Teacher Video: Designing a pneumatic toy


Pneumatic Toy Design Sheet
Example Sketches and Diagrams
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Vicki Risianova,  
Design & Technology specialist
After 4 years of being a TV and radio presenter, Vicki headed to the secondary classroom where she spent 12 years teaching Design and Technology as well as PE. Working as a subject leader, she ran D&T tournaments and weekly…
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