Art and Design / DT KS2: How to design a nightlight for a toddler

Engineer Yasmin Ali helps a team of children to research, design and make a nightlight for a toddler using recycled materials.

The children go to meet little Elodie and her Mum to research the design requirements.

Having looked at a variety of existing nightlights they split into groups to sketch a couple of different ideas, then choose the best and make a prototype, using a light-dependent resistor as a switch.

They write a code to tell the circuit how to operate, before getting feedback on the prototype from Elodie’s Mum.

This clip is from Design Challenge, a series in which groups of children tackle some difficult creative projects with the help of talented young engineers.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to introduce and support the delivery of a designing, making and evaluating project for children to develop a nightlight for a toddler.

It could stimulate class discussion and learning in areas such as initial research, product evaluation, designing and making.

Sections of the clip can also be used to increase children’s technical knowledge and understanding of the use of electronic circuits, sensors and LEDs.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Art and Design and Design and Technology at KS2 in England, KS1 and KS2 in Northern Ireland, Design and Technology at KS2 in Wales and at 2nd Level in Scotland.

More from the series: Design Challenge

How to design and make a rainwater harvester
How to design a portable bird hide for children to use at a nature reserve
How to design packaging for soft fruit using 2D and 3D software
How to design and make a swimming bag
How to design and make a moving shop window display