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4 Ways to Celebrate Kid Inventors' Day

Get Your Little Engineer Excited to Create

Today is Kid Inventors' Day! 

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I know, I know. It feels like there's always some crazy made-up holiday on the calendar; but this one was invented (get it?) to celebrate kids who love creating, building, and tinkering, and that's a notion I can get behind.

My brilliant five-year-old dude is always making things. Give the kid a roll of duct tape, a cardboard box, and fifteen minutes, and he'll produce something spectacular. Sometimes it's something practical, other times it's a creation of his very own imagination. Either way, I love to encourage this thoughtful problem solving. 

True story: Grant's Kindergarten teacher sets up a wood-workshop table for the kiddos most days. They use hammers and nails and screws and heavy-duty glue to make mystery masterpieces... from scratch. It's pretty impressive. One time he made a pogo-stick! (And, yes, I had to make sure my tetanus shot was up to date when I pricked myself with an exposed nail, but, hey, my inventor was proud of his handywork... and so was I.)

I think it's so important to foster these creative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) skills--so I'm sharing four ways to encourage aspiring inventors to keep on creating.

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1. Have a Box of Scraps: You know the cliche: give a kid a new toy and he'll play with the box. There's truth to this statement. A cardboard box is essentially a blank canvas for your child's imagination. But anything can become an integral material in the making of a new invention: toilet paper, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper scraps, spare screws, and all the tape! Keep these items in an inventors' kit for your creator and add some fun store-bought items: googly eye-balls, pipe cleaners, stickers, etc.

2. Play and Problem Solve Together: My son and I made this robot together, and it was, to my surprise (I admit), so much fun! We bounced ideas off of each other, compromised, and problem solved as a team. What more can a mama ask for?

3. Subscribe to a Service: Try ordering a subscription box from a service like KiwiCo for your inventor. They offer engaging and educational projects in a box, that help promote those oh-so important STEAM skills.

4. Encourage School Participation: Talk to your child's teacher and the school administration, at large, about incorporating STEAM programs into the curriculum. My son was a bit disappointed when I signed him for a lunch-recess STEAM club (it meant he had to miss running around the playground with his friends for two whole days). But once they started building a functioning model chair lift together, he was pretty psyched to put his awesome engineering skills to the test. 

Happy Inventors' Day to all the aspiring creators! Now, go make something!

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