Teaching resources

Life is made of a series of little and big challenges, and learning to spot problems is the first step to solving them. In a world where many future careers don’t exist yet, being creative and thinking outside the box are skills worth nurturing in children, and started as early as possible.

Little Inventors aims to inspire children all over the world to develop their own ingenious, innovative, thought-provoking and brilliant invention ideas.

We provide simple and free teaching resources for use in the classroom or at home. They allow young people to take part in Little Inventors workshops to come up with their own fun, ingenious, bonkers or practical invention ideas and upload them in the Little Inventors gallery.

All inventions ideas will be reviewed by our Chief Inventor Dominic Wilcox and his team, and the best ideas will be put forward to be made reality with the help of professional makers and designers.

Workshop materials

Little Inventors provides free flexible curriculum-linked teaching resources and a teacher guide to help you deliver Little Inventors sessions in primary schools. You can run them as part of your class, in after-school clubs, involve the whole school or just a few students – it’s up to you!

Children are also welcome to enter individual entries, as long as they get parental consent.

Find out how to run a Little Inventors workshop

Curriculum fit

By promoting creative thinking and problem-solving skills, Little inventors offers many opportunities to link to several curriculum areas in primary schools, in particular:

Literacy

Little inventors offers opportunities for students to articulate and communicate their ideas in speech and writing for an audience, as well as plan and evaluate their writing.

Science

Hypothesising, experimenting, evaluation based on results and drawing conclusions are all scientific skills which run through all key stages. Little inventors is a great way to invite your students to work and think scientifically. Students will be encouraged to observe the world around them, record their findings, come up with questions and use their observations to suggest answers, setting up simple tests and making predictions.

Art and design

Little inventors fully support the Art and design curriculum by encouraging students to produce creative work and explore their ideas using drawing, design and crafts, while learning about artists, craft makers and designers.

Design and technology

Using creativity and imagination, Little Inventors allows students to design products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Students learn how to become resourceful and innovative.