January 17 is Kid Inventors’ Day (KID), a day to encourage all the children in your life to think outside the box and invent something.
The unofficial holiday commemorates the birthday of all-around genius and kid inventor, Benjamin Franklin, and celebrates kid inventors around the world. It also aims to encourage children to be curious about the world around them and to be creative when solving problems.
Benjamin Franklin, Kid Inventor
Franklin, one of the most prolific person in history was responsible for inventing the precursor to the swimming flippers at the age of eleven, a year after he stopped going to school. His invention was made for the hands instead of the feet.
How to Celebrate?
Encourage the kids around you to search for scientific and logical solutions to problems.
Get the kids in your life problem-solving toys and games to help them develop critical thinking skills.
If a child you know has an idea for a gadget or a game, help them realize their dreams.
If you are a teacher, spend the day talking to your students about children who invented things and inspire them to become inventors. Let them know that their idea or invention does not have to be path breaking or revolutionary, it can be something small that solves a real life problem that they or someone they know, face.
Did You Know…
…that the snowmobile, popsicles, and braille were all invented by children?