Yesterday, the first grade reading groups held the first session of their Invention Convention. The students have been working on their inventions for weeks. We talked about numerous inventions and how they came to be. The students brainstormed problems and possible solutions and then created their very own inventions at home. Last week, we discussed alliterative, rhyming, pun-based, and many other naming techniques (as well as “scientific” suffixes with a number added at the end — you’ll see this was an attractive concept!). And now, for your consideration, here are the first half of the first graders’ inventions (the rest will be showcased next week)!
First, Gabe presented his invention, the Clipsil. The Clipsil was invented to solve the problem of being involved in your work when you suddenly run out of paper, break your pencil lead, or (blast!) can’t find an eraser. Just hang the Clipsil where you are working and it holds paper, spare pencil lead, and erasers handy. I think you might need one!
Next, Sylvie showed off her invention, the Found Not Lost. The Found Not Lost is designed to help those of us who are always losing things. Keep spares of the items you tend to misplace (such as hair bands (the elastic kind, not the long-haired head bangers from the 80’s kind), bookmarks, and other trinkets). I need a pocket for my glasses, and, never fear, the Found Not Lost has empty compartments for just this kind of personalization! (It’s also super cute, just like its creator).
Then, it was Julian’s turn. Julian explained that he actually has two problems — he can’t reach things on the high shelves in his room, and sometimes he really needs to sit down. Wow, can I relate! Julian invented the Stool Elevator to solve these problems. The stool uses brackets that allow it to grow taller when necessary or shrink to a smaller height. Julian even created his own logo for his product.
Jack asks — have you had problems with marble runs that break? Do you know the frustration of a completed marble run that then shatters before you can begin to play? Well, know this pain no longer, because the Unruinable Marble Run has arrived! This device is put together with velcro and so is easy to mend in the event of calamity.
I don’t think I’m acquainted with too many adults who share Phineas’ problem, but one never knows… you see, when Phineas is in the bathtub, his baby brother is often hitting or biting him while they are waiting for the tub to fill. To combat this combat (ha ha!), Phineas invented the Bathtub Separator. This handy device is like a limo privacy panel for the bathtub. It is made of plastic and hooks onto the tub, with an opening at the bottom for the water to flow through so that the tub fills easily (although a piece of Phineas’ mom’s skin has been included in the prototype as the result of an unfortunate Gorilla Glue incident, this feature will not be a part of the product once it hits shelves).
Have you ever wanted to play catch, but there is no one available to play with you? This situation will never trouble you again, if you purchase the All Star All Pro Football Player. This device looks like a (severely malnourished) friend who is always available to play and who also provides you with handy point scores for each of your throws. Zach demonstrated the invention for us, and his classmates were eager to take a turn!
Perhaps your problems are of a more cerebral nature. Do you ever find yourself around town, waiting in line at the bank or sitting in the doctor’s office, and you think “I wish I had a book right now!”? Well, Sasha is here to solve your problem with the Belt Bag. The Belt Bag has pockets of varying sizes, so you can have a book (or two or three) at the ready at all times. It’s pretty fashionable, too!
Amos has a problem that is relatable to many — he is forgetful. He needed a way to keep track of the things he was supposed to remember. Enter The Mind Rememberer, a notepad and pencil that attach to a lanyard you can wear around your neck. Now, whenever you think of something you need to do, just write it down in your Mind Rememberer!
Kenton created an invention to solve a problem of his mom’s — she often has trouble deciding what to make for dinner. Enter The Dinner Sheet. Use the Sheet to record your dinner ideas for the week and Presto!, problem solved.
Hana’s problem was that when she tried to play cards in the car, the cards would slip and fall off her lap. She would then be unable to reach them to continue her game, and they would become dirty on the floor of the car. Hana invented the Game Catcher in the Car to help with this problem. You can see her prototype before (the actual invention was too large to bring to school). The Game Catcher in the Car wraps around the front of the seat to prevent cards from sliding onto the floor. It also looks pretty cozy!
Do you ever forget to bring (or use) a spoon and fork? Like, have you been halfway through a big bowl of chili, scooping up that spicy liquid with your hands, when you think to yourself “There has to be a better way!”? Well, has Simon got the solution for you! Introducing the DinnerWear Shirt 5000 (Get it? Dinnerware/DinnerWear? Punny names are the best!). The DinnerWear Shirt 5000 includes a spoon and fork on a rope. They come with you everywhere, so you never forget to bring (or use) them. Your friends, parents, and drycleaner will thank you!
Cleo has a problem that may become obsolete (though I hope not). When she reads the newspaper, she is left with ink all over her hands. No longer, now that she has invented the Inky 3000. The Inky 3000 is a pair of gloves with pieces of felt attached to the gloves with velcro. When the felt becomes dirty, it can be washed or replaced. Now you can read the newspaper carefree (Well, except for the content. The Inky 3000 can’t help you out with that.).
Do you wish you could be taller? Perhaps you want to reach high things. Maybe you just think it would be enjoyable to look down on other people as you stroll along. No matter the reason, Cam has the solution — Boost Boots. These boots are made from foam blocks covered with duct tape (note how the bottom section looks like fire coming out of rocket boosters). The top of the blocks is covered with velcro. To use the Boost Boots, put on the red boots (the bottoms of which are also covered with velcro), and step onto the blocks. The blocks and the boots stick together and you can now move about with a good two feet of extra height!
Does it bug you when you have to bend over to pick up your toys? Your worries are over if you pick yourself up the Toy Grabber designed by Lucas. The tongs at the end of the grabber easily grab your toys for you, while you stay completely upright. Phew!
Do you hang out or trick or treat with friends or siblings who move faster than you? Are others constantly leaving you behind? Well, not anymore, thanks to Nathan’s Moon Shoes. The soles of the shoes are covered with springs and the side of the shoes have a detachable flashlight to light up your path. Strap on a pair of Moon Shoes, and you’ll never be left behind again!
When you put on your jacket, do you constantly fumble with your shirt sleeves after the jacket sleeves push the shirt back up to your elbows? Lucas had this exact problem! He doesn’t anymore, though, because he has the Fashion Sleeve Holder 2000. This handy device consists of a rubber band and a button in a fancy box (Don’t discount your packaging, people. Learn from the cosmetics industry!). You apply the device to the outside of your shirt sleeve, and then everything stays in place when you put on your jacket.
Daniel has also been thwarted by objects placed on shelves out of his reach. Not anymore, because now he has the Reacher 10,000. The Reacher 10,000 consists of paper mache hands attached to the end of long sticks. Simply extend the sticks and use the hands to grab what you need (Daniel advises that you not grab anything breakable).
We had a visitor during the time that Megan presented her invention and I don’t have any photos (Megan, can you bring it back next week??). I don’t want you to miss out on seeing the prototype of the Frollector. The Frollector is a umbrella-shaped device that Megan places under her brother’s highchair. A plastic lining covers the Frollector. Megan’s baby brother can then make all the mess he desires. When it comes time to clean up (which is Megan’s job), you can just take the lining out of the Frollector, shake it over the trash can, and replace it. Easy peasy!
Only half of the first grade enrichment reading students were able to present this week, so we will hear from the other half of the students next Thursday. I can’t wait to see what they’ve dreamed up! The students’ creativity, ingenuity, and hard work were evident in their inventions!