A dog umbrella. A car wash for people. Or a device where you can charge your phone using a hamster.
If given a chance, children can come up if the most fantastic ideas. Many of these ideas may seem to crazy to work but inventors need to come up new ideas that challenge the way we see the world. They also need to improve upon these crazy ideas. The first idea is seldom “perfect and complete”.
My Crazy Inventions Sketchbook: 50 Awesome Drawing Activities for Young Inventors is a remarkable book that can help spark an interest in exploring ideas and challenge children to invent something new and exciting. Ideal if you are studying nature with the aim to get inspiration for new ideas – biomimicry.
I love this book for two reasons. Firstly, My Crazy Inventions Sketchbook is brimming with weird and wonderful ideas. Secondly, this book provides a page for “young inventors” to add their own ideas. A book where children are invited to draw and be creative.
Innovation as well as thinking is an activity and encouraging children make their own contributions with prompts and inspiration means that this book is not a book that you read and put back on the shelf. This is a book that will be used over and over again. New ideas and drawings are constantly added and sometimes the ideas can be explored by making a model. The ideas leave the book and becomes something real.
Happy Think Diving!