By Nicholas Blackburn
This is a cross-curricular Design and Technology resource.
English, science, maths and art skills are utilised and developed over the course
of the project.
This 6-8 week project is intended for KS1/KS2 Year 2, 3 or 4.
Making an Egg Cosy by Nicholas Blackburn
Crindau Primary School
Using the presentation
Click on the buttons to go forwards and backwards.
To exit the presentation, press the Esc button.
Click on the hyperlinks (top right) to access the resources, teachers’ notes and images.
Use the board pens to write in the text areas.
The forwards and backwards buttons will only work when you replace the pen in its
All board pen written work will be lost when you change screen.
Objectives of the Project
We Are Learning To:
Design and make a product using fabric, matching the properties of the materials to
Measure, mark out, cut and join fabric.
Develop understanding of stitches.
WALT: Identify which materials would make the best egg cosy.
Compile a word bank of the different materials that can be used to make an egg cosy. This
would be an ideal opportunity to investigate insulation (Science/ICT Link). A Data Logging
experiment would record the insulation properties of different materials.
However, the children need to match the properties of the materials to the task, e.g. tin foil is
a good insulator but not practical as a material for an egg cosy.
WALT: Identify the most suitable material.(Excel file)
The children discuss which material is most appropriate. Compile a list of choices. Each
person has one vote. The results can be presented on graph paper, or entered into an Excel
file (Worksheet 2).
WALT: Identify a suitable shape/appearance for our design.
Discuss what an egg cosy should look like; it performs a simple task and so should be
relatively simple in appearance. Show the children the resources they can use
(Slide 8, Images 1). This is a short activity in which the children should compile a word bank
of themes/ideas. They identify their favourite theme/idea and explain why.
WALT: design a fabric product.
Draw six designs, based on the theme they chose in Worksheet 1 (Slide 5).
They tick the design that they will make.
No worksheet. This slide enables the children to demonstrate their ideas to the class. It could
be used at any stage in the process.
Worksheet 1 (Not intended to be used by all the class)
WALT: Make stencils to accompany a design.
Make the children aware that the body of the egg cosy needs a front and back section. The
children draw their stencils on paper or card. Some children may need to use Worksheet 1.
Cut out the shapes and use them as stencils. Draw round them, on the fabric, with a fine pen.
Cut out shapes and collect into a neat pile, for keeping safe; it’s easy to lose pieces amongst
the ‘off cuts’.
WALT: Develop our understanding instructional writing; focus on imperative verbs.
Discuss the process of constructing the egg cosy. The children can write instructions or draw
small illustrations, in six circles (six stages). Draw arrows and/or number the circles to show
the order in which they will make their design. This is an ideal opportunity to develop the
children’s understanding of imperative verbs (commands).
These show the resources that should be made available. There are 3 other slides, which
show different types of sewing. These stitches can be used to join or embellish. The children
should be given opportunities to develop their sewing skills, prior to making the egg cosy.
Use marked out paper or binka.
These show the stages of construction. There are bullet points to instruct/inform what is
happening. Use the forward/backward buttons to navigate the slides. To exit, click on the
‘Exit/Return to presentation’ hyperlink, in the bottom right hand corner.
WALT: To evaluate our work.
Celebrate and discuss the work that the children have done. The children should evaluate all
aspects of the process: designing, making, and their finished product. Some children may
require a writing frame. The children could insert a photograph of their work in this word
WALT: To identify the market for the product in the wider world.
Discuss the market for such a product: who, where and why. Their ideas might include
hotels, older people or young children. Discuss presentation and the information/graphics
that could to be included in a poster. This can be done on paper or computer. The worksheet
provides some ideas. Alternatively, use the Publisher program.
Press ESC - Top left on the keyboard to EXIT the presentation.