Happy World Inventors Day! If your kids are anything like mine, they love inventing things. Mine are forever writing their own comics featuring all kinds of weird and wonderful contraptions. They rarely make it off the page though.
So, to celebrate the recent publication of The Little Inventors Handbook and to mark World Inventors Day, I challenged my six-year-old son, Xander, to make one of these creations.
Before we look at what he invented though, let’s have a quick look at the new title. Written by Dominic Wilcox and Katherine Mengardon, The Little Inventors Handbook is a joyful step-by-step guide to fuel kids’ imaginations and nurture a love of STEM topics.
As it points out early on, children have the best imaginations and can think without limits. This means they have ideas that adults may never think of. Encouraging these thoughts can only be a good thing – who knows what great achievements it could lead them to?
Starting with the importance of ideas and problem solving, the book takes young inventors through every step of the creative process. I like that there is so much to inspire further thoughts throughout as well as an obvious love for embracing the silly.
There are plenty of sections along the way for kids to fill in. These serve both to help progress their inventions and remind them that they themselves are integral.
It’s a lovely book and we all read it with the same big smile on our faces!
So what of the invention? Well, as it was our first effort, we started with something simple. Like any self-respecting children, my lot are very good at proclaiming themselves bored. Xander then had the great idea of making a decision maker.
It didn’t take us long to make and only required things that we had lying around in the house. You can see how we got on in the video below.
I think Xander’s decision maker is a great first effort. It was a simple but effective concept and we had fun making it together too.
Whether it will truly alleviate boredom remains to be seen, but they now have a way of handing over the decision which is often half the battle!
All three kids are looking forward to inventing plenty more problem-solving gadgets and I’m looking forward to helping them.
The Little Inventors Handbook is out now and we heartily recommend it!
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