Little Inventors

Think up new, fun or helpful invention ideas to save your old, unwanted things from going in the bin!

Can you think of something in your home that’s not been used for a while or maybe a toy you never play with anymore? We’re challenging you to take an object that is no longer wanted and transform it through the power of your imagination into something amazing; it could be a fun, ingenious, practical or totally bonkers invention idea!

Here are some suggestions on where to start:

Maybe you could -

  1. Join two things together to make something brand new or
  2. Use lots of the same object to make something much bigger and better than it ever was or
  3. Add new parts to a tired object to give it a whole new function!

The most unique and inspiring ideas will be brought to life by professional makers and inventors and exhibited at the National Festival of Making 2022.

Deadline for submissions is 1st April 2022

What is a design-based challenge? We know that inventors work in many ways and that designs come in all shapes, sizes and formats! To make the challenge accessible to as many young people as possible, we welcome submissions in various formats alongside drawing, including but not limited to, written, spoken, transcribed, modelled or filmed descriptive invention ideas! Please email these ideas to

The Big Reinvention Challenge Pack - At Home

Download the full challenge pack and get your imagination cogs whirring with the mini activities, before completing the final invention challenge.

The Big Reinvention Challenge Pack - For Teachers

This pack contains all you need to inspire your students to get inventing, including a Powerpoint presentation, teacher guide, warm-up activities and challenge sheet.

Terms and conditions

  1. This Challenge is open to all children resident in the UK aged between 7 and 12 years old.
  2. Any individual may upload as many invention ideas as they wish.
  3. All entries must be original and the entrant's own work.
  4. Uploading of an invention drawing should only be done by a responsible adult with appropriate permissions from the inventor and their parent/guardian. Once uploaded, it is in the public domain and visible to anyone who looks at the website to see all the wacky and wonderful ideas.
  5. Only uploaded invention ideas that meet our threshold for quality will be displayed in the online gallery, this includes the relevant text information about the student and the idea. Only ideas in the gallery will be considered for making. The judgment on this threshold is entirely at our discretion and we will not enter into any communications about our decision.
  6. The closing date for submissions is 1st April 2022 at midnight.
  7. As the creator you will always own the copyright to your drawing, and by uploading it you grant the National Festival of Making and Little Inventors non-exclusive, worldwide and perpetual rights to use, implement, reproduce and commercialise your content. This means we can use it at exhibits, on our website, and it might even feature in one of our books!
  8. As part of The Big Reinvention Challenge we will choose some invention ideas to make real, which is a magnificent part of Little Inventors. It is our decision which inventions will be made real and how many.
  9. If your invention is chosen, we will be in touch to involve you in the making process so you can guide how your idea is made real. We will cover all costs, and own the object afterwards whereby it may be used in exhibitions or other Little Inventors activities.
  10. Any activities with the objects made real or their creators are not guaranteed and are liable to change or cancellation at any time, without notice.
  11. Our purpose is to give children the freedom and inspiration to use their imagination and creativity to come up with fantastic, funny and far-out invention ideas.
  12. In order to be involved in the Challenge, you must agree to the rules and conditions above. Therefore, please read these carefully twice and make sure you are happy to continue. By uploading an invention drawing you agree to the rules and conditions here stated.