Design Brief: Mechanimals


Background: We read the book Mechanimals by Chris Tougas. In the story a tornado destroys all of the farm buildings and blows away the animals. Now the farmer needs your help to re-build his farm so he can have his animals back.   He needs you to help to make his dreams become reality.

Design Challenge: Work with two team members to design and build a farm out of recycled materials and limited craft supplies to help the farmer restore his farm after the disaster. Your farm must consist of at least 1 animal pen or shelter and at least 4 animals. The pen or shelter must have a door or gate that opens and closes. The perimeter of the pen/shelter should be between 20 and 40 inches. After you have built your farm, you will present your creation to the class.


Your farm must:

  • Be made from recycled materials and limited craft supplies
  • Have at least 1 pen or shelter
  • Have a pen or shelter with the perimeter between 20 and 40 inches
  • Have a door or gate that opens or closes on the pen/shelter
  • Have at least 4 animals


  • Construction paper Card stock
  • Scrap paper Popsicle sticks
  • 4 paper fasteners Pipe cleaners
  • Tooth picks Paper tubes
  • 24 inches of masking tape Recycled materials


  • Scissors
  • Glue/hot glue gun
  • Markers/crayons/colored pencils
  • Ruler