Giving kids invention ideas helps keep them busy and stimulate their creativity levels. Invention ideas may come from allowing children to have a say when doing everyday tasks or by buying them craft kits from toy stores.
Children can create new clothing styles through experimentation. Give your child zippers, ties, pulls, buttons and fabric. You can also buy a child-safe needle set or sewing machine, available at toy stores. Set ground rules on what clothing the kids already have that they can use in their inventions--you don't want to have to buy new clothes if they destroy their favourite shirt or trousers in the name of invention.
Encourage your child to find ways to style ordinary objects into jewellery. They can invent a new way of creating clay figures into earrings, using wrappers from their favourite candy into a charm bracelet, or designing beads into a unique style. You can help get your child started with jewellery kits available from hobby and toy stores.
Children can create edible inventions in the kitchen. It is a chemistry lab of some sorts, but safer and without the fear of dangerous chemicals. When baking, invite your child to come up with non-traditional ingredients or toppings. For example, cookies can include gummy bears or peppermint candies. Cook in small batches in case the experiment is a failure. Or create cakes and other treats in fun shapes like houses or animals.
Many inventions make everyday tasks more convenient. Encourage your child to find methods or tools that make it easier to complete certain tasks. One child, for example, invented a way to use broken crayons by placing them in a plastic container, making it easier to use them, without having to throw away the crayon or buy a new set. Another child developed an oven glove with tongs to keep users from being burnt by splattered grease. If your child's invention is truly unique, apply for a patent. It will not only make your child proud, but it may protect your child's invention from being stolen.
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