What do they have in common?
All were invented by kids!
500,000 children and teens invent gadgets and games each year. These innovations help make our lives easier - and more fun.
Kid Inventors’ Day to be held annually January 17th, the birth anniversary of Benjamin Franklin, who invented the first swim flippers almost 300 years ago at age 12.
Here’s a sample of some terrific child creations:
Ear Muffs – Chester Greenwood loved to ice skate, but his hat wasn’t keeping his ears very warm during cold winter days. At the age of 15, he made a pair of circular hoops covered in fur and fastened them with a steel band.
Ice Pop (Popsicle) – One night in 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson left his soda outside to freeze with a stirring stick still inside. By running the glass under hot water, he was able to remove the iced drink and hold on to it with the stirring stick.
Trampoline – Young gymnast George Nissen collected materials from a local junkyard to create the modern-day trampoline in his parent’s garage in 1930. The bouncing device has sent people flying into the air ever since.