Designer Turns Kids’ Imaginative Drawings Into Crazy Real-Life Inventions

by Angel Chang
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Designer and artist Dominic Wilcox recently led workshops that allowed hundreds of children to express their creative ideas.

Titled the “Inventors Project,” the exercise inspired kids to draw their designs on paper, and had real-life manufacturers turn these designs into reality.

In the past, companies like IKEA have encouraged kids to pitch in their designs, turning the whimsical drawings into actual products that consumers can purchase.

Dominic saw the immense potential in many of the kids who came along, and put on an exhibition in January that showcased all the designs to the world.

Many of these inventions were functional, practical, and incredibly innovative, while others were thematic, and aimed to benefit the lives of those who were less fortunate.

We hope that you will find these creations as spectacular as we did…

Scroll on to see how these kids’ designs were made into reality, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Kid's drawings made into real objects

Dominic Wilcox, an English designer, inventor, and artist, recently collaborated with more than 450 kids from the city of Sunderland, in northeast England, to come up with incredible inventions.

Dominic set up the Inventors Project, a workshop where kids could submit their sketches for designs. Afterward, he consulted with local manufacturers to bring these designs to life.

Below, we take a look at eight of the most outstanding inventions. Some are practical for the home, and others are truly whimsical, eccentric, and, quite frankly, inspiring.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

First up, we have the “Pringles Hook” — a useful contraption shaped like a ladle, designed to “hook” out the Pringle chips that are hardest to reach.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

And here it is in real life.

3D-product designer Andy Mattocks met with 11-year-old Georgia Dinsley, the creator of the Pringles Hook, to discuss the specifics of the design.

“The hook is designed to fit inside the pack when sold to add extra value for the customer,” he said.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

Up next is the “Tooth-o-Matic,” a device that dispenses toothpaste while you brush your teeth.

“You put the toothpaste inside the hatch and when you push the button, it presses the toothpaste up the tube and onto the brush,” said Henry Hughes, 12, the designer.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

Henry met with maker Brian Degger to discuss the project.

After struggling to see how it would actually be functional, they decided to fit a syringe in the bottom of an electric toothbrush, which would dispense the toothpaste.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

This is the “Ezy Slice Fryer,” or a potato gun that instantly slices and fries potatoes, according to creator Isaac Dawson, 11.

The appliance uses an air gun and a splash wall to prevent spillages, and can even be folded up for storage.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

Designer Andy Mattocks created a 3D visual of the design, shown here.

After the potato is inserted into the barrel, the “compressed air… is stored in a refillable cylinder in the back of the unit and activated by hitting the red button,” said Andy.

The fries can be customized to different shapes and sizes.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

The “Shady Lamp” was designed by Layla Amir, 11, and is a lamp that has blinds installed, instead of a dimmer switch.

Users can pull a level, making the plastic Venetian blinds turn in different directions.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

Layla met with designer Carl Gregg to discuss the details.

The product took more than 80 hours to design and build.

“Using rotating blinds is a great idea to vary the light output from the lamp, and I would love to make another for myself,” said Carl.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

Six-year-old Oliver came up with the “Handy Hi 5” — simply, a machine that is made to give you a high-five.

“I say, ‘High five’ and it high-fives when it springs up and it turns red and says ‘High five’ when the hands meet each other,” said Oliver of the concept.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

Maker Tony Canning helped Oliver make his drawing a reality.

The mechanical hand was actually made from a casting of Oliver’s own hand, and used a flip-release mechanism.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

The “Food Cooler Fork” is a design by 6-year-old Ameliya Liddle.

According to Ameliya, it’s simply a “food cooler by a form and a fan put together. It cools your food.”

Kid's drawings made into real objects

Andy Mattocks met up with Ameliya to generate 3D models of the design.

“When you press the button, cool air would be drawn through the handle, and out over the hot food to make it more suitable to eat,” he said.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

Wendy Ridley, 9, designed the “Family Scooter.”

It would be ideal for a big family, and only works when every member of family pushes and rides the scooter, according to Wendy.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

Roger O’Brian helped Wendy construct the design.

“We ensured the scooter would articulate and steer, [and] we had to make sure [that the] finished product was safe and maneuverable,” said Roger.

The handlebars on the scooter can be adjusted to different heights, and can be folded up and stowed away in the car for easy transport.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

Charlotte Scott, 11, came up with the “Liftolator,” also dubbed the “War Avoider.”

“If you want to get away from war, simply get your house and garden on a platform,” Charlotte wrote on her original drawing.

“Sit on the seat and get on the platform. Soon you will be on the seat and steering your way out of the war zone and into a safe area.”

Kid's drawings made into real objects

Designer Erin Dickson helped Charlotte materialize her creation.

At first, Erin was drawn to the dark themes involved with this design, which envisions a near-utopian solution for those who live in war-torn zones.

In the design, the homes come with a pre-planted vegetable patch, a safety pod, and an automated “Liftolator” that will drive to a more peaceful location.

Kid's drawings made into real objects

The exhibition opened on January 16, and ran until January 30, at a large warehouse on Fawcett Street in Sunderland.

Families and visitors from all over came to check out the brilliant inventions, and to exchange ideas and discussions.

What a brilliant initiative and project to encourage kids to think outside the box!

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