“We believe that children’s amazing invention ideas are a valuable contribution to the world. They shouldn’t just be stuck to a fridge door and forgotten.” – Little Inventors
London artist and designer Dominic Wilcox initiated the Little Inventors project in 2015. It is in collaboration with expert educationalists, designers, and curators. They take children’s invention ideas and turn them into a reality. Every child retains the copyright of their invention drawings.
Dominic is on a mission to inspire the world’s children to come up with their own extraordinary, ingenious, or just plain brilliantly bonkers creations. His aim is to inspire and support children around the world to use their wonderful imaginations to think up ingenious, fantastical, funny or perfectly practical invention ideas with no limits!
The most innovative ideas get chosen and turned into real objects for amazing Little Inventor exhibitions. The child even gets to work with the Little Inventors team, experts, and professionals, throughout the process of creating their invention.
The organization works with schools, museums, hospitals and other child-focused organizations to run Little Inventors workshops. During the workshops, they first inspire the children by showing them interesting and fun invention ideas. Then they challenge them to think up and draw their ideas. Once drawn up they make an actual prototype using everyday materials. This teaches the Little ones how to be an inventor by guiding them through the steps of the process, from idea to reality.
It is also possible for teachers and parents to download a free Little Inventors workshop resources from the organization’s website. The free resources offer many links to support the curriculum in primary schools in Art and design, Science and Literacy particularly so that anyone, anywhere in the world, can do a workshop.
It is encouraged that any ideas be uploaded to their website for positive and encouraging feedback from the Little Inventors team led by Chief Inventor Dominic Wilcox. Littleinventors.org is the Headquarters for children to share their invention ideas with everyone across the globe. The best ideas are even brought to life by animation.
It all began after Dominic was inspired to ask 450 children to think up their invention ideas. He took those ideas and passed them on to local makers and manufacturers to make the best ideas into real things. This was the launching point of his Little Inventors Project into an Organization.
From that moment on, the odd and absurd to the brilliantly clever ideas have been coming to life. His exhibitions have been a massive success gaining coverage from media such as CNN International and The Discovery Channel to name just a few.
To date, more than 7000 projects have been observed and realized with each child getting to sees his creativity rewarded. Not only is this project good for the child, but for the world as well because it challenges engineers to be innovative. Although, it does seem difficult to compete with the originality of the projects of these young inventors.
“I’ve convinced myself that within everything that surrounds us, there are hundreds of ideas and connections waiting to be found. We just need to look hard enough.” – Dominic
Here are a few more of the wonderful inventions:
Single Dish Washer
“This machine can help you clean plates and tables. It is invented for my mom, as she is very tired when washing dishes. With a USB cable, you can charge the machine easily. It can also provide you with a place for a towel and it can rotate.” – Suo, age 13, from Sichuan, China
No Plooshon (Pollution) Jacket
“This is a No Plooshon Jacket and it keeps car fumes away from the person wearing it. It is made of waterproof fabric (polyester) and has a filter over the face that you can see through. This is for people who want to keep away from the car fumes and people with asthma like me. The jacket sleeves are reflective so people can see you.” – Gruff, age 6, London, UK
“The air bandages will blow up when Mr Bump bumps into something to keep him safe.” – Beatrice, age 5, from Hadley, UK
“Do you ever get it that when you paint your nails and you have to dry them and it takes soo long? Nailed It is a mini fan that dries your nails in no time. The fan is made of metal and is connected to a rubber clip that will go on your finger you can make the rubber clip smaller or bigger and this is made for people who don’t like to wait for their nails to dry.” – Lena, age 11, from Derry, UK
Robot Diplodocus Hedge Cutter
“A robot diplodocus for cutting hedges and turning them into compost. It has a saw at the front which saws the hedges. It has 2 heads. They eat the leaves. The leaves go into the stomachs and get mashed by the masher to make compost. The compost is pooed out of its bottom.” – Oliver, age 5, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
A Smarter House
My invention recycles food waste into energy, is eco-friendly and is solar panel powered. My invention has staircases that turn into ramps so disabled people can access every part easily. The smart house is a triangle the strongest engineering shape And is made from my invented lightning-proof glass that absorb heat from the sun.” – Adriana, age 10, from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK