This Book Thinks You’re an Inventor

Imagine • Experiment • Create


A creative fill-in book conceived with the Science Museum to encourage children to think like an inventor by questioning everything and dreaming up new ideas.


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The Science Museum


This activity book helps children to think like an inventor by introducing key engineering concepts in a highly visual and entertaining way. Through fun activities and Harriet Russell’s playful illustrations, it encourages readers to engage with new ideas and think about problems in a creative way.

The book explores the six key aspects of engineering that are essential to any successful inventor: problem-finding, designing, making and testing, improving your invention, building techniques and how to find new uses for existing objects. Each spread centres on an open-ended question that introduces a different way of approaching an invention. Activities include making a bridge from toothpicks and mini marshmallows; inventing a way to lift this book without touching it; building a painting robot; designing your own remote control; and harvesting electricity from a banana. At the end of the book is a tinkering lab, which includes paper-based crafts and engineering activities.

Additional information

Weight 272 g
Dimensions 19.6 x 25 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 30 January 2020
Number of pages 96
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Illustrated by Harriet Russell
Dimensions 19.6 x 25 cm
Weight 272 g


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Jon Milton is Head of Content at the Science Museum, London, and author of The Super-Intelligent High-Tech Robot Book. Harriet Russell studied at Glasgow School of Art followed by Central Saint Martins. She regularly exhibits in London and New York.