The Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG) has always encouraged innovation among children. With the relaunch of the Young Inventor Challenge for its 5th year, they are doing it again on November 19th.

Kids ages 6-18 are invited to participate in this fun and exciting event that brings together imagination, play and inventive thinking with grand prizes awarded in two age categories by popular vote of Fair attendees, who will cast their votes for their favorite invention based on originality, creativity, appeal and presentation.

With professional toy and game inventors and industry representatives on hand to provide advice, critique, guidance and encouragement, ChiTAG’s Young Inventor Challenge also provides participants with the means of taking their inventions to greater heights and the opportunity to show their inventions to the public, toy industry, and members of the press.

“The Young Inventor Challenge helps kids develop so many skills that can serve them well through life such as creativity, critical thinking and perseverance,” says Mary Couzin, Founder of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. “They’ll learn how inventors work – from concept to development of a prototype to testing and research.”

Kids interested in entering can register online, and get started now by downloading the Young Inventor Challenge workbook.

Photo by Sharon Mollerus