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.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from January 2020.

ISBN: 9780500651766 Category:


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 300 g
Dimensions 19.5 x 25 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 30 January 2020
Number of pages 96
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 19.5 x 25 cm
Weight 300 g
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.