1) Invention Challenges to Get Kids Started: Here is a cool booklet to help educators, parents and kids start inventing. Unlike many programs that focus on robotics and coding, this one uses every-day objects for mechanical/building-based challenges. I think an Invention Party would be a cool birthday theme for any age! The last few pages have even more resources listed.
(It prints funny unless you save as a pdf, then print from Adobe)
2) Kid Inventors: These kids invented some familiar items, like earmuffs! So inspiring.
3) Invention One-Page Handout: I created this to share at our table at Engineering Week at The Children's Museum of Houston. "What Could You Invent?" You're welcome to copy this jpeg image. For a pdf or Word document, contact me through my contact page and I'll email it to you.
4) Providing a Creative Environment