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The Little Inventors Handbook

Written by Dominic Wilcox and Katherine Mengardon

Key Stage 2 Science / Technology

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This colourful, attractive write-in book will encourage readers of all ages (even adults) to connect with their inner-inventors and start thinking about gadgets, machines or ideas that could change the world. It makes the point that all inventions rise out of a desire to improve things or help people – a good place to start – and prompts us to look at things around us differently, to be curious and to stifle any critical voices that tell us our ideas are silly or impractical.  It’s full of examples of inventions created by children and the whole thing is refreshing, infectious and lots of fun. Let’s face it too, the future of our world relies on the imagination, ingenuity and creativity of the next generation so books like this are really important.

Andrea Reece

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The Little Inventors Handbook Synopsis

With this step by step guide, Chief Inventor Dominic Wilcox talk Little Inventors through the process of coming up with new ideas, including problem solving, ways to make objects better, and thinking about the ways people use things. Complete activities and learn some cool facts about the history of inventions, science, tech, art and design along the way! Based on the project which takes children's invention ideas and makes them real.

Be inspired by drawings of scarf helicopters, ladybird umbrellas, and ghost wash'n'dry machines! Check out toothbrush maraccas, square peas, and nose scratchers! What will YOU invent?

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The Little Inventors Handbook Press Reviews

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!' Imogen Heap, musician and inventor Mi-Mu gloves

Infectious, imaginative fun! Packed with ideas and inspiration... all you need to bring is a thought of your own!- Danny Wallace

This book is great. I need it to invent a way of feeding me raisins throughout the day as I am travelling about on buses and trains. I believe these Little Inventors could do it for me.' Michael Rosen, Children's novelist and poet

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008306151
Publication date: 18th October 2018
Author: Dominic Wilcox and Katherine Mengardon
Publisher: Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 152 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Science / Technology

About Dominic Wilcox and Katherine Mengardon

Dominic Wilcox is a British artist and designer and studied at The Royal College of Art, graduating in 2002. His work includes the world’s first GPS shoes, a stained glass driverless sleeper car of the future and tiny sculptures balanced on the hands of watches. He is now on a mission to inspire children to become the inventors of the future with his Little Inventors project. Katherine Mengardon is an education specialist with over 15 years’ experience in developing content for schools. She has worked on groundbreaking innovative classroom resources for the BBC, Google, Cartoon Network, GSK, ...

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