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The CHITAG Spring Young Inventor Challenge- Now Accepting Submissions!

By now, parents have checked all the boxes of activities to do at home with their kids -- art projects, reading, music--the list goes on and on. But now they have the opportunity to help kids turn their very own idea for a toy or game into a concept that could actually end up being sold at major retailers like Target!

The CHITAG Young Inventor Challenge happens annually each year as part of Chicago Toy & Game Week, but, the group has partnered with major industry players like Mattel, Magformers, Scholastic and the American Specialty Retailer Association (ASTRA) to launch a special spring edition, specifically to help inspire kids stuck at home due to COVID-19.

Who: Kids ages 6-18 as of April 15, 2020
How to Enter: Create an original prototype toy or game. Show us how to play with your toy or game using photos and a pitch video and send it in HERE.
Deadline for Entry: June 15, 2020
Cost: FREE
Winners Announced: July 1, 2020

Details: This is the 14th year for the Young Inventor Challenge, in which heavy hitters from top toy companies mentor each entrant. There’s even a  Young Inventor Design Guide which walks parents and kids through the creative design process. 

During the judging phase, toy companies have the option to work with inventors to bring their games to market. Past winners include:

13-year-old Lily Brown and 12-year-old Tait Hansen who created Betcha Can’t, a card game all about betting and bragging rights. It’s available at Target now. 

Tiggy Silwinski’s Draw Into Crime was optioned by PlayMonster.

Ellie Skalla is the young inventor behind Galactiquest which is being sold at Target.

Olivia Wasilewski and Brynna Siewers created Ship of Treasures which is available on Amazon. 

Do you have a creative young inventor in your household? Encourage them to get crackin' and enter this amazing challenge!

What will your family create?

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