It’s amazing how creative children can be. These four products are perfect examples of why would she encourage creativity in children.
Children’s minds tend to be free from worry and self-doubt, meaning when they come up with ideas, they’re not afraid to try it. This mindset is so good that a special day – Kid Inventors Day January 17th – has been set aside to encourage kids to come up with and try out new ideas.
Let’s take a look at four inventions most people don’t know came from children.
1The Popsicle (Ice Lolly)
In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson invented the Popsicle completely by accident. Frank left a cup of powdered soda, water and a stirring stick outside one cold night and woke up the next day to find a to his surprise the new ice lolly. Initially dubbed the ‘Epsicle’, he got it patented in 1923 and sold the rights to a big New York company.
In 1873 Chester Greenwood was 15 and sick and tired of having his ears painfully cold whilst ice skating. He took two loops of wire and asked his grandma to sew fur over the ends. He then got this patented and turned it into a profitable business called Greenwood Champion Ear Protectors.
Chester had a big client when soldiers used them for World War One!
Goerge Nissen, a gymnastics hobbyist, created the trampoline as a child.
One day at the circus, he was amazed at the performer’s ability to bounce on a net and went home to build the trampoline which he constructed in his head.
4The Braille Alphabet
Louis Braille lost his eyesight at just 3 years of age in an accident. He was from that moment taught to read using his fingers, but there was a problem. It consisted of complicated memory work and lots of combinations, so he invented his own way using just 6 dots!
Louis did this at just 15 years of age.
Did we miss something?
Do you know any other products invented by children? Maybe your child has invented something or come up with a clever or funny idea. Let us know on social media – @Clubit