Prototyping is a key part of the design thinking process, so when teaching design thinking you need to have on-hand a range of different materials that participants can use to build their prototypes.
To help you put together a prototyping kit, I thought I’d share the contents of mine. Basically any stationary supplies and bits and pieces you can find around the home can be used for prototyping.
- coloured craft paper in a range of sizes and colours
- cardboard – at the moment I have some old index cards as well as corrugated cardboard shapes from the craft supplies store
- wrapping paper – it’s a great way to repurpose wrapping paper from gifts that you’re given
- fabric offcuts
- coloured feathers
- felt shapes
- popsicle sticks
- rubber bands
- twist ties and old clips from bread bags
- bulldog clips
- plastic bags
- coloured textas
- stickers – coloured dots, stars, rectangular labels, letters and numbers
- assorted buttons
- plastic cups
- whatever bits and pieces from my recycling bin I can get my hands on – plastic lids and containers, egg cartons, boxes, toilet rolls, cardboard boxes in a variety of sizes, foil trays etc.
- glue sticks
- sticky tape
- hole punch
Most of these items can be sourced from an office supply store (try Officeworks) and craft stores. But for cheaper options, check out discount stores (like Hot Dollar, Dollar King or the Reject Shop).
One of the best things I’ve done is to invest in a large plastic tub for storing my prototyping supplies, and to put items in plastic snap lock bags which are labelled. This makes it much easier to pack up the supplies after the workshop and keeps things neat and orderly.