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Young Inventors Find Success in Serious Play at The Chicago Toy & Game Show

“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

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Meet the Inventor: Tanush (Age 7)

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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)

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I like a variety of sports like basketball, baseball and soccer. But most … READ MORE

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Meet the Inventor: Steven (Age 13)

Steven (Age 13) – Inventor of the Chromo Tag*

Meet the Inventor: Steven (Age 13) Inventor of the Chroma 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