Gideon Reynolds is now a veteran of two TV shows, but he displays a remarkably casual demeanor during press interviews, preferring to stand on his head while questioned.

The Wyandot Elementary School first-grader appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in April and on Oct. 1 will appear as a judge on the season two premiere of ABC's reality show, "The Toy Box."

Gideon, 7, serves as one of 10 kid judges who test the merits of designers' toys on the show, hosted by "Modern Family" actor Eric Stonestreet.

Gideon said he couldn't discuss particulars that would spoil the season, such as what toys he judged or what toy ultimately was chosen to be manufactured by toy company Mattel and sold by Toys "R" Us.

He could, however, offer a glimpse into his own innovation that ultimately had a hand in his recent stardom.

Creative thinking is something that is fostered at Gideon's house. His father, Brian Reynolds, and his mother, Kimberly Clavin, are both engineers with patents. His brother, Walter, 9, has two provisional patents from Invention League competitions.

On Wednesdays, Clavin said, she and her sons spend the evening browsing online for answers to questions they've had over the week. The goal, she said, is to protect the creativity present in children that often departs by adulthood.

"I'm always trying to get them to think of new things and keep that going," she said.

Gideon has been inventing things since he was 3.

"The cool thing about it is that you literally get to make something that has never been made before," he said. "It's like you're making a new world."

Clavin said she has encouraged her sons to get involved with the Invention League, the nonprofit organization responsible for bringing the Invention Convention program to students in grades K-8.

That organization ended up reaching out to Clavin to get both of her sons' information for TV shows looking to showcase kids and their inventions.

Following that, Gideon was invited to be on DeGeneres' show to demonstrate his "no-leak" goggles, which feature two goggles layered on top of each other. Clavin said his antics moved DeGeneres to laughter. Upon getting water in his regular goggles, Gideon quipped, "Seriously?"

His bit was a hit: the YouTube clip, "One-of-a-Kind Kid Inventor Gideon," has 3.1 million views.

Following his day-time TV debut, Clavin said, the family decided to enlist the help of an agent, which led to a call from the producers of "Toy Box."

Clavin said the two-week production this summer gave her the opportunity to spend quality time with her son and learn more about his personality.

"He's much more of a firecracker than I thought he was," she said.

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