Lesson 2: Design: Little inventors

Inspired by the ‘Little Inventors Project’ founded by artist, designer and inventor Dominic Wilcox, children come up with their own ideas of what we're missing in the world, seeing their chosen idea through to a final design

Learning objectives

  • To design a new invention

National curriculum

  • To create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • To improve their mastery of Art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Students of all abilities will be able to complete this task. They might just need some help with the literacy side of it.


Pupils working at greater depth: Imposing no limits on their imagination, aspirations or ideas will encourage the higher ability students to be very creative.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Simon Chubb,  
Art & Design specialist
Simon is a teacher, cartoonist and artist. He uses his 25 years of experience to teach art in schools and has his own workshop business ‘Scartoons’ in which children create comic characters and strips. Simon is a member of The…
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