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PhiloQuests: the day of worry

6. Creative Construction

The vacuum o' worries (Part 2)


You are now at the second part of your creative project! If you have already finished the first part—Creative Conception—you can continue your quest with this activity. But if you haven't finished the first part yet, then start with that one, then you can come back here.


ObjectiveTo create the vacuum o' worries!

Duration: 60 to 90 minutes


  • A sheet of paper or a piece of cardboard
  • Pencils and eraser
  • Coloured pencils and markers
  • Scissors, glue, arts and crafts materials


  1. Reread your sheet. Take a moment to reread your ideas and review your Creative Conception draft. This will refresh your memory and maybe even give you some new ideas before you get into the final part of your project.
  2. Create the vacuum o' worries. Here we go! It's time for you to create the vacuum o' worries you have imagined! On a new piece of paper or on a large cardboard—if you need more space to bring your ideas to life—with all your care and talent, draw the vacuum o’ worries and its set of accessories, then add colour to highlight your creation! You can also write down what each button, tube or other item you invented is for!

    • Variation: If you'd like, instead of drawing the vacuum o' worries, you can build it! To do so, you can use recyclable materials, glue and paint.

  3. Think about your creative experience. Finally, after you have finished, ask yourself: How did it go? Did you succeed in realizing the vision you had at the beginning?

    • Conception: Does your creation represent what you think worry is? How do your creative choices reflect your perspectives on the concept?
    • Application: What lessons can be learned from your interpretation? Should we clean up our worries? Why or why not?
    • Alternative: What could you have changed? Are there nuances that you didn't include? If an Olympic swimmer, a surgeon, an artist, or a dog each built a vacuum o’ worries, do you think their creation would be different or similar to yours? Can you imagine what those differences and similarities would be?

    You can write your answers on the back of your conception sheet to keep track of your evolving thoughts.


Bonus: Want to brush up on philosophy some more? Here's another mission for you... When the weather gets milder, many people take the opportunity to thoroughly clean their house. This is often called spring cleaning! To facilitate the process of decluttering, things can be divided into three categories: keep, give away, throw out. If you had to clean up inside yourself, what would you put in each category? Would you keep your best ideas? Would you give away your smiles? Would you throw out your nightmares? Using these categories, try to organize the following concepts: dream, worry, love, sadness, anger, strength, help, boredom, creativity... And take a moment to think a little longer about the concept of worry. Is it difficult to classify? Can you think of reasons why you might decide to put it in each category?


Would a human without worry be a better person?

Tricks for tots: To continue your creative thinking, have fun asking yourself the following questions: Do worries make us dirty? Without worries, can we be too clean? Try to imagine an ultra-clean human being that the vacuum o’ worries has washed up: no more dark thoughts, doubts or traces of worry. Do you think this human would be a better human? Would a person without  worry be a better person? Why or why not?
Tips for teens: Have you ever seen commercials from the 1950s? You can do a little research on the internet to see some examples. Many of them promised that women could become empowered by using their vacuum cleaner or blissful by owning new appliances. Even today, it can still be assumed that women are in charge of chores and running the household... Do you think there are some concerns that are unique to men and others that are unique to women? Why? To push your thinking further, you can also wonder if there are some concerns that are specific to young people and others that are specific to adults.

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Include photos of your projects and notes of your thoughts, as well as your first name and your age!

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