“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.”
– Mr. Rogers
Every year, toy and game companies spend small fortunes researching, testing and retesting kids to better understand their play habits in the hopes of finding and creating the next big thing. That cool new toy that every kid must have. Or the amazing new game that everyone is talking about. But leave it to two young inventors to do it on their first try!
Meet Olivia Wasilewski and Bryanna Siewers, fifth graders from Palos … READ MORE
Meet the Inventor: Laurel Wider of Wonder Crew
“As a mother to a son and as a psychotherapist, I felt it was time to move beyond gender stereotypes and address the developmental needs of the whole child.”
We continue our celebration of National Inventors Month at Raising Nerd with a profile of Laurel Wider: mom, psychotherapist, and superhero inventor! I met this mild-mannered, toy innovator and founder of Wonder Crew at Toy Fair back in February.
After seeing so many other Toy Fair displays of action figures, battlebots, Minions, drones, and other toys appealing to the rowdier, aggressive side … READ MORE
Tanush Doshi, (Age 7) entered the Chicago Toy & Game (ChiTag) Young Inventor’s Challenge, a fantastic program that provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 18 to showcase their own original toy & game inventions to toy & game industry professionals, members of media and the general public. Tanush took his love for games and learning and combined it with his favorite television show to create an award-winning invention. Here’s Tanush’s story.
Name: Tanush Doshi (Age 7)
What are some of your hobbies or interests?
I like a variety of sports like basketball, baseball and soccer. But most … READ MORE
Steven (Age 13) – Inventor of the Chromo Tag*
When Steven first thought of his idea for Chromo Tag, he probably didn’t realize how far it would take him.
“I saw a commercial for toy cars that change color when wet. Later I thought about how if we were to be able to wear this material and have a water fight in them, then it would be a lot like laser tag or paint ball, but its less expensive and you can play anywhere, anytime,” Steven says. “You wear color-changing hydrochromic or thermochromic paint on a badge, vest, or shirt … READ MORE
In honor of April being National Inventor’s Month, we’ve put together a series of amazing stories and posts on everyday and legendary inventors that are or have made an impact on our lives. This story of a creative kid that grew up to become an even more creative adult, originally appeared on Raising Nerd in November 2016 and it serves as a perfect example of how a little inspiration at a very young age can have a lifetime of influence.
From Creative Kid to World-Class Inventor
At the age of five, David Yakos’ mom had an instinct about … READ MORE