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In this design thinking activity, your child will create a parachute for a small toy using typical household items. Your child can experiment with different materials until they find ones that work best. The goal is to design a parachute that will keep their toy airborne for as long as possible. Therefore, we suggest having your child create a few different types of parachutes and comparing them to see which works best.
We have given step-by-step instructions which are useful as a guideline for the design thinking framework. Please feel free to go beyond what we've written out—the point is to be creative! We recommend guiding your child through the process but leaving the creative components up to them.