How your child can be the next toy inventor

If you’re looking to unlock your child’s creativity, then they’ll love this special toy competition. 

The Young Inventor Challenge is back for its 12th year to showcase the best original toy and game inventions presented by kids. During Chicago Toy & Game (ChiTag) Week on Nov. 17, kids ages 6-18 can pitch their original toy ideas to a panel of judges. 

Ellie Skalla, an 11-year-old from Oak Park, was one of the winners of last year’s challenge. Her game, Galactiquest, is currently in production and expected to hit shelves in Target sometime soon.

“I was so surprised when they called my name! It felt unreal. Now that the game is in production, I’m finally starting to believe it,” says Ellie Skalla about the Young Inventors Challenge. “It was really interesting to see and play everyone else’s cool games. It was also fun to play my game with the judges.”

Registration is now open for ChiTag’s 12th Annual Young Inventor Challenge. The following categories include Most Creative Concept, Best Ride-On or Wheeled Concept, Best Game Concept, Best Playful Learning Concept, Most Marketable and Best Presentation. Deadline for online submissions is Oct. 31, 2018. There is a $15 requested donation as well.

What have you got to lose? For kids wanting to enter, Ellie adds, “Be creative and original. Test your game many times before the contest.”

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