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A Toy Story for All Ages

Imagine that you’ve just been hired by the hottest toy company on the planet, and you’ve been put in charge of a top secret assignment for a product development. Do you have what it takes to launch the coolest new action figure line in time for the holiday rush!? 

Whether you’re forging real American heroes, robots in disguise, or pint-sized playsets with entire worlds that fit right inside of your pocket, your students will GEEK. OUT. at the prospect of seeing their creations come to life with this collection of beautifully rendered and fully editable templates.

Play is so powerful! And we all know that there’s an incredibly passionate fan base for toy lovers of all ages. So why not transform your current unit of study into a build-your-own action figure line to attract an entire new audience to toys that draw inspiration from your current unit of study? What might it look like if Alexander The Great was turned into an action figure? What world of imagination might lie in store for a toy line dedicated to playsets inspired by the past tense verbs of a French 2 course? And what might it look like if an ordinary trumpet had the power to transform into a living, breathing Jazz legend like Louis Armstrong?

The EMC² Toy Builders activity templates are designed to help your students see themselves as content creators as they turn what they’re learning into something that they can’t wait to share with an audience outside of their classroom. Perfect for an end-of-unit project based assessment and popping with all sorts of color (which looks AWESOME when shared in a class newsletter or printed out on a classroom bulletin board!), there is so much more to this Toy Story than meets the eye. Teachers can even ratchet up the difficulty of this resource by doing all sorts of enrichment activities inspired by their creations, including: 

  • Asking students to pitch their creations to an expert panel of investors (a.k.a. fellow teachers!)
  • Having student teams compete to see which creation will dominate the class’s voting preference
  • Tasking student sales teams to film short commercials to “sell” their products using Flipgrid or YouTube, or…
  • Challenging student designers to write up spec sheets (a.k.a. old school essays or new school Google Forms submissions) where they defend each of the tiny details they’ve chosen to include in their custom creations.

Toy creators are always on the hunt for the hot new trend! That means your students will need to figure out what sells, and know how to dream up a product line that is unlike anything the world has ever seen before. These fully illustrated templates come pre-loaded with dozens of editable features that challenge students to combine creativity, imagination, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Let the games begin!

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