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Little Inventors

Bringing children's imagination to life

Little Inventors offers fun challenges for kids to come up and draw invention ideas with no limits. Children who submit to the website receive personalised positive feedback and some even get to see their ideas turn into reality by Magnificent Makers across the world. By celebrating children's ideas, we encourage their creative confidence and give them real skills for the future.

HundrED 2022


HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED 2022

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Target group
September 2021
Inventing is a key to unlock a child’s creativity which I have found fundamental to my well being in life. Here’s to Little Inventors for a make good feel good future!’

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

This organisation evolved from the practice of internationally renowned artist Dominic Wilcox. We know that creativity and problem-solving are key skills now and for the future generations. But not enough of education offers opportunities to explore ideas freely, in a playful way that celebrates creativity.

What does your innovation look like in practice?

Little Inventors provides resources that are child-centric and play-based but equally are easy for teachers to integrate in their curriculum teaching, by offering themed challenges that tackle societal issues, from conserving energy, life in space, or simply helping the community - fitting with subjects as wide as literacy, citizenship, science, arts and design and more.

All the resources are free at point of use, and funded through sponsors to enable wider access through an online platform.

How has it been spreading?

Little Inventors is present in 30 countries worldwide, with a reach of over 2 million children.
By offering regular challenges with very tangible outcomes, we have achieved incredible things. We have held the first art exhibition in the International Space Station, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency and NSERC, a Canadian governmental body promoting science. Some of the objects have been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum for their permanent collection and more are on show in museums across the world. I also wrote three little inventors books commissioned by HarperCollins to continue to encourage creative confidence in children and their family.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Parents, teachers, learning facilitators are all welcome to use the resources that are freely available online. Potential partners who might want to run a challenge can also get in touch with Little Inventors to develop their own offer.

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews

Its easily scalable, anyone who wants to share an idea can draw and upload an image, share on website. There are guidelines & free resource packs available that everyone can use easily. Anyone can join the challenges on the website easily.

Giving children the opportunity to use their free thinking to design solutions and turning that into a reality is extremely empowering, helps boosts their confidence to solve some of the most pressing challenges today, and ignites their curiosity.

- Academy member
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