Inside: Kids are naturally curious and inventive. Games and play spark the imagination of your kid inventor and you can steer the way with these awesome resources.
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Kids love to tinker. My boys loved to build with Lego and create cool track designs with their Thomas the Tank wooden train set. Storing toys was always a headache with three toddlers. I bought storage containers designed for their cars and other toys. But dang it all if they didn’t put those containers to another use entirely. They became part of their play. They were used as buildings or ramps to jettison their vehicles or Lego creations.
Stimulating the Kid Inventor
I found this frustrating but in the end what is a mother to do but relent to her children’s creative energy.
The best inventors find new uses for old designs. My kids were tapping into the creative side of their brains. Most inventors think outside of the box and most children are very good at that if we let them.
Children, given the chance, are good problem-solvers also. And this is another characteristic of the inventor. A problem is seen which needs a unique solution. There will be someone able to find that creative solution and often it is the child mind that is able to do just that.Most inventors think outside of the box. Click To Tweet
Louise Braille, accidentally blinded, created the system of raised dots for reading. Braille was named after this French youth only 15 years old when he made his creation.
Alexander Graham Bell was only 18 years old when he developed the telephone. Frank Epperson was only 11 when he invented the popsicle and George Nissen created the Trampoline when only 16 years old.“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” - Thomas Edison Click To Tweet
Our youth, it is said, are the future. Stimulate your children’s creative spirit. Let them make messes. Let them create new ways to use their toys and storage containers. Above all, let them play while they can for in doing so you stimulate that creative intelligence.
Resources to Stimulate Your Kid Inventor
- Dahl, Warren. 10 Great Inventions Dreamt Up by Children. Great Business Schools. July 10, 2013.
- This article lists 10 interesting inventions each created by an industrial, creative kid inventor. Great inspiration for your budding creator.
- Srivatsa, Arjun. 5 Kid Inventors who are saving lives. littleBits. August 19, 2016.
- Mini-biographies of 5 child inventors who have designed life-saving devices.
- PBS Kids.org. Invent It, Build It Guide. Design Squad Global, PBS Kids. 2016.
- This PBS educational guide is designed for kids 9 to 12 years old. Spark your own kids’ inventive nature using this guide’s six activities intended to show how invention improves people’s lives. There are six challenges of varying difficulty where the kids invent a device designed to accomplish a task. Perfect for the classroom or homeschooling family.
- Sandbox Networks, Inc. Inventors and Inventions – Teacher Resources. Teacher Vision. 2016.
- Lessons and printables designed to get kids excited about inventors and their inventions. The biography of Louis Braille should be especially inspiring as he created braille while only a child himself.
- Steve Spangler Science. Kid Inventors. Steve Spangler Science, Inc. 2015.
- This article suggests that science fairs are not the only STEM game in town. Invention Conventions to stimulate kid inventors are gaining in popularity. He provides a great link to a kid-friendly website providing information about inventions and patents. As well, you can find a great deal of other STEM resources to encourage your child’s interest in science and technology.
- Invent Help.
- They help everyday Inventors, including the kid inventor, patent and submit their ideas to companies. They provide the resources and manpower to market and show off your proposal effectively to interested companies.
- United States Patent and Trademark Office. USPTO Kids
- This site provides loads of resources for the kid inventor. Find events, download wallpapers, watch videos, activities which are added to periodically, and other resources.
- kidskonnect. Inventors and Inventions Study Guide
- This study guide has worksheets and a study guide providing a great resource for teaching kids about inventors and their inventions as well as creating the drive for students to create their own invention. The study guide is free but you must create an account with kiskonnect. There is a free account option.
- Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Kid Inventors. Smithsonian Natural Museum of American History. 2017
- This site provides a number of kid inventor stories for inspiration. As well, their Spark!Lab outlines a number of challenges for all age groups. In particular, look at the link for the 2017 Invent It Challenge. This is a definite ‘Try this at Home! activity.
- Great Inventions for Kids. The Inventions Handbook. 2015
- This site is a wealth of resources in of itself for anything and everything kid inventor related. Find links to developing invention ideas and getting a patent. There are resources for legal help as well as inspiration for art and posters to decorate your room or office to inspire your creativity. As well, find links to famous and recent inventions, inventions from around the world as well as biographies of well-known as well a few lesser known inventors. There is also a link to help stimulate the idea creation process in your own kid inventor.
- Build / Make an Invention United States Patent and Trademark Office.
- Activities for kid and teen inventors and resources for parents and teachers.