K'nexx Build a Park Challenge

An activity using K’nex pieces in which students, working as part of a team, are provided with a brief and act as town planners to design and build a new park.


They build the park equipment using K’nex pieces whilst working to a deadline and within a budget.


Aims & Objectives:


To undertake a task set in a work context; working to a brief, working to  a deadline,  understanding budgets and finances. It also uses the following key skills:


  • Team working: respecting others, negotiating & persuading, contributing to discussions, and awareness of interdependence with others.

  • Problem solving: applying maths, science and DT to a practical problem.

  • Enterprising: innovation, creativity, a ‘can do’ attitude and the drive to make ideas happen


What the students say:


"It was brilliant and I liked making the park”  John Ball Primary School

Key Information


  • Years: 5, 6, 7 or 8

  • Numbers: 1 tutor group per session (max 50)

  • Time: Double lesson, up to 3 sessions per day

  • Rooming: Hall or large activity room