The festive season is almost upon us – a time for celebrating, sharing and reflecting on the year.

We’ve been looking back on the awesome inventions and ideas created by children and families at our activities, both at the Imagination Lab and beyond. Every workshop, we’re blown away by the creativity and ingenuity we see displayed by the young inventors we work with.

Celebrating imaginative inventions 

That’s why this December, we’re showcasing the highlights of 2018 with #Makember, where we’ll be posting the incredible creations that have been imagined, designed and built by the children we’ve worked with.

Follow along on Twitter from 1 December to see a new invention each day until 25 December – plus get some tips and tools to get you inspired to make your own inventions at home. We’ll be sharing highlights on Facebook and Instagram stories too.

What to look out for

Here’s a sneak peek of some inventions to watch out for …

Magic is in the air this time of year, especially when you look at Rosie, Holly and Martha’s fantastic “new and improved” Hogwarts School. Made almost entirely from cardboard, this invention comes complete with a green house and drawbridge made of straws.


This spectacular owl was invented at Lab Liftoff: Puppetry Storytelling, one of our skills camps in the Imagination Lab. Children worked with Brunskill and Grimes, the creative minds behind the Warhorse puppets and Jackie the Baboon, to design and build their own puppet animals.

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What do you get if you connect up fruit to a computer with a Makey Makey? A fruit orchestra of course! This invention kit allowed schoolchildren to create their own sounds by turning fruit into touch pads…

three schoolchildren connecting fruit with wires to a computer

How to get involved

Follow along with the #Makember hashtag on Twitter to see other brilliant inventions throughout December – we hope they inspire you to get creative this month too!

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