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Invent your own super play backpack

By Jilly Hargreaves (Chalk), Director/ Producer

Take the Maker Challenge set by producer and maker Jilly Hargreaves! Jilly challenges you to create your own super backpack out of cardboard. Will it soar though the sky? Take you into outer space? Or will it have extra equipment inside to help you swing high from the lamp posts and trees? It's up to you!

Jilly is a producer and a maker who lives in Gateshead, UK. Jilly's company Chalk produces amazing immersive events for families in the realm of theatre, music, film and science. But most of all Jilly loves to play!


Download the full set of activities to get started on this challenge.

Activity 1

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Get your thinking cap on!

Start by thinking about lots of ways to make even the most boring everyday tasks more fun. You can be as creative and silly as you like!

Activity 2

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Start inventing your super play backpack

This backpack is your invention so it can include anything you like! This activity sheet will get you on your way to inventing a bonkers and brilliant backpack by helping you think about what special features it could have.

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Buckle up!

Now it's time to start thinking about how your backpack will really work, and how you want it to look. Get searching around your house for some fascinating fastenings to inspire you.

Activity 4

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Make it your own

This activity is all about play and having fun with your invention. Don't be afraid to think up some crazy ideas that could make your backpack the backpack of your dreams.

Activity 5

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Be a designer

This is the time to start thinking about the details of your backpack. Size, colour and shape will all make your backpack stand out from the crowd. What will yours look like?

Activity 6

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Make it in 3D

Follow these step by step instructions to make your own real life backpack out of cardboard.

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Bring it all together

Combine everything you've learnt and created from the previous activity sheets to add some magnificent finishing touches to your very own super play backpack!

Invention sheet

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Draw your final invention

Don't forget to upload your invention sheet and a photo of your super play backpack for a change to win a Little Inventors book! See below.

How to enter!

You can submit more than one invention idea.

Submit invention ideas through our upload page.

  1. Draw your inventionon the Jilly Hargreaves Maker Challenge - Activity 4
  2. Scan or photograph the *whole* sheetas straight on as possible
  3. Upload it in JPEG, PNG or GIF format (choose a file)

Each invention idea will comprise of an image of a clear drawing, the name, age and location of the inventor, the name of the invention and a description, and a contact email address.

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