Watch and Create! Creativity For Sustainability

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In this activity, children and adults work together to explore their relationship with technology and examine ways to make sustainable media consumption choices. Learners watch a short clip of a cartoon, then try a creative challenge to turn time spent watching videos into an interactive and imaginative experience. Activity includes step-by-step instructions with visual aids, downloadable materials, connections to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and a video walkthrough. This activity uses low-cost materials and can be done at home.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Media device with ability to stream or download videos to watch during the program
  • Creative challenge cards (a few copies, so multiple groups can work simultaneously)
  • Comic strip summaries and template (a few copies, so multiple groups can work simultaneously)
  • Colored pencils, markers, or crayons
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Variety of craft and recycled materials such as cardboard, egg cartons, yogurt cups, yarn construction paper, etc.
  • Small, simple musical instruments (optional)
  • Table sign (one copy)
  • Take-home bookmarks (one for each participating group) (optional)


  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology

Informal Categories

  • Electronics
  • Photography and Film/Video


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • NISE Network


  • , National Informal STEM Education Network, 2019

Funding Source:

  • The Rob and Melani Walton Foundation.

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