Toy Box Organizer

Unit Overview:

Talia’s Toy Box Company has received complaints from parents about how messy toy boxes can get and how hard it is for their children to find their toys without dumping out all of the toys. In this unit, students investigate standard units of measure and sort objects according to their physical properties before applying them to design a toy box organizer.



Engineering & Technology Connections:

Create a toy box organizer design plan, follow the engineering design process

Literacy Connections:

Use story structure to identify key details, compare and contrast story details, identify the main purpose of a text, name cause effect events from a story, summarize narrative text

Mathematics Connections:

Learn about standard and non-standard units, use tools to measure length

Science Connections:

Sort and describe materials by physical properties, conduct fair tests

Computational Thinking Connections:


Follow and develop algorithms for thinking about sequencing of events and accomplishing tasks.



Download PDF of curricula – PictureSTEM Designing Toy Box Organizers_July 2017

6 thoughts on “Second Grade – Designing Toy Box Organizers

  • August 25, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Hi, I am trying to purchase the materials to start this unit, and I am wondering if you can tell me the exact size of the “toy boxes” that I need to purchase.

    • June 10, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Hi Darlene
      The Robot Mouse we recommend is particularly useful for the activities we have set up. If another robot mouse will allow for the same type of computational thinking to be integrated, then it would likely work.

    • September 6, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Hi Darlyne-
      I did find the Bee-Bot and the Blue-Bot which are similar to the robot mouse. However, they miss the mapping part. That is the important feature here as the students will make blueprints of their designs later in the unit


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