You’ve probably noticed that when you go to the shops there are loads of things on the shelves that you can buy.
Have you ever wondered how someone gets something from just an idea to a thing you can actually buy in the shops?
First you need to come up with an idea!Embed from Getty Images
Step one is having an idea for the thing you actually want to make!
Do you want to make a new toy? Or a new type of clothing? Or a new house hold item like Holly & Jack did with their vacuum cleaner?
It can be quite hard to think of something that’s both amazing and different to everything else that’s out there already.
How do big companies usually think of new ideas?
When big companies are thinking about what to make they usually start out by thinking about what their customers want the most and trying to think about how they can make something that give them what they want.
For example, a company that makes cars might think that their customers want a car that’s super safe on the roads so they design a car that ticks that box. That way they know lots of people will buy it because that’s what people want, if they made a car that was almost exactly the same as the last one they made, people might not buy it!Embed from Getty Images
Have a go yourself!
Holly & Jack wanted to make a new vacuum cleaner, but what new product do you want to make?
Have a good think about something you think is both super cool, and that you could also sell in the shops to make lots of money.
Get out some paper and pens and draw out your ideas and designs and see which one you like the best.Embed from Getty Images
If you’re finding it hard to think of something, start by thinking of something you already use and figure out how you could make it even better! It can be hard to think of something brand new, so lots of people decide to try and improve on something that already exists instead, just like Jack & Holly did.
Tell us how you get on…
We’d love to hear about your new ideas, tell us what you would make in the comments below!
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