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Best Kids Inventions - Amazing Ideas

Updated on April 27, 2013

Kids Inventions Are Clever And Useful

Kids are always very curious about everything and most of them are very creative. But only few of us could possibly believe that some kids use their creativity to invent new things.

Many of these Kids Inventions are designed to help them with a huge variety of special needs and actually, are very simple to make. Most people think you have to be an adult to create an invention. However, kids have a whole different set of needs and modifications that would make their lives more convenient.

Here is a review of some great Inventions Made By Kids

"Kids are natural innovators" - Jon Dudas (the president of FIRST)

Makin' Bacon Dish

Kid Inventor: Abbey Fleck

One Saturday morning in 1991, eight-year old Abbey Fleck was making bacon with her dad. They'd run out of paper towels, so he put it on the classified section of the newspaper. Mom wasn't too pleased, prompting dad to growl, "I could just stand here and let it drip dry."

Young Abbey realized that it would be both less messy and more healthy to cook the bacon hanging above a dish that would collect the liquid fat. She thought if they could make a rack to hang the bacon, with a dish underneath, they'd never need paper towels. So Abbey and her father began to design what eventually became the Makin' Baco dish. It is a square, inch-deep skillet of microwave-safe plastic, with three T-shaped supports rising up from its center. The bacon cooks while draped over the crossbars of the central supports, and the fat drips down into the dish.

The Makin' Bacon dish is not only efficient, but easy to use. After the rashers (up to 18 at a time) are cooked and removed, the collected fat can be poured straight out of the dish. The three "drip bars" are removable, for easy cleanup and space-saving storage.


Kid Inventor: 10-year-old Kathryn Gregory

One snowy winter's day 10-year-old Kathryn Gregory was outside building a snow fort. Suddenly she felt that her wrists started to hurt because they were cold and wet. She decided to solve this problem and invented Wristies, a fingerless glove that could be worn with or without mittens to keep the wrists warm.

KK's mom helped her run the company while KK was in school, college, and during years immediately after graduating, when she traveled the world from California to Southeast Asia. KK, now 28, is back in Maine as the president of the company. Wristies are sold for $10 to $25 in select stores, on,, and in Plow Hearth magazin.

As a result, people began wearing Wristies while practicing guitar or piano, typing, or even for sending text messages in colder weather.

Short Length And Original Length Wristies - For Large And Small Hands


If a child has the backing of his or her parents, anything is possible!

Man-Cans - Kid Inventor: 13-year-old Hart Main

Hart Main's sister was selling candles for a school fundraiser, but the 13-year-old boy thought that these candles were "girlie scents" (lavender, cinnamon, cotton).

So he decided to make candles in more "man-friendly" scents, such as coffee, sawdust, dirt, grass, new mitt (for baseball) and campfire that are sold in recycled soup cans. The soup is donated to homeless shelters.

Hart started his business with a $100 investment that I made from delivery papers for the local newspaper, delivering flyers for a local cell phone store, and umpiring for the local rec baseball league.

Interview with Hart Main the CEO of Man Cans

The Original Man Candles Barbeque Scented Candle - How about smelling up the place with BBQ?

Original Man Candle - Barbeque
Original Man Candle - Barbeque

Barbeque scented candle.

Burns approx. 30 hours.

Comes in a tin with a lid.

Tin is 3.125 in. diameter.


Inventions made by kids are really great!


Kid Inventor: 11-year-old Frank Epperson

Frank Epperson was only 11 years old when he invented the originally named Epsicle. He had left his fruit flavored soda outside on the porch with a stir stick in it. It was a cold night. Epperson found the fruit-flavored substance frozen to the stick when he awoke the next morning, as temperatures had dropped to record lows during the night. Though he is said to have tasted it and shown it to his friends, he did little else with his accidental “invention” for a number of years.

More than 18 years later, in 1923, Epperson decided to apply for a patent on his “frozen ice on a stick.” He decided to call the novelty the “Eppsicle” ice pop. He also began producing the treat in several different flavors. A father by then, his children had begun referring to the Eppsicle as the Popsicle. Later he officially changed the name. That name has stuck for nearly a century.

In 1925, Epperson sold his rights to the Popsicle to the Joe Lowe Company in New York. The Popsicle gained popularity very quickly ­ first made with birch wood sticks and selling for just a nickel. Later the twin Popsicle became available. Today, the brand is owned by Unilever and they sell more than two billion Popsicles every year.

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Ear Muffs

Kid inventor: 15-year-old Chester Greenwood

Chester Greenwood invented the earmuff in 1873, at the age of 15. He was testing out a pair of ice skates. Chester was getting frustrated because his ears were so cold. He tried wrapping his head in scarf but it was too bulky and too itchy. So, he took wire and bent it into two round loops, then asked his grandmother sew tufts of fur between loops of wire. He connected them with a steel headband and got a patent on his invention.

He sold a ton of them to U.S. soldiers during World War I. To this day, Greenwood's hometown, Farmington, Maine, is known as the Earmuff Capital of the World. They even have a parade every December to celebrate his birthday - and his invention.

When he died in 1937 at the age of seventy-nine, Greenwood was a Maine celebrity. In addition to running the muff business, Greenwood had been granted more than 130 patents. They included improvements on the spark plug, a decoy mouse trap called the Mechanical Cat, Chester's version of the shock absorber, a hook for pulling doughnuts from boiling oil, the Rubberless Rubber Band, and the Greenwood Tempered Steel Rake.

Trampoline - Kid Inventor: 16-year-old George Nissen

In 1930, the 16-year-old George Nissen, a member of his high school gymnastics and diving teams, watched in awe as trapeze artists performed their daring stunts at a travelling circus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Seeing them dismount at the end of their routines, dropping from their swinging bars and bouncing into a safety net below set the keen gymnast and swimmer thinking about how the performers' act would be even more spectacular if they could continue bouncing and doing more tricks.

This led Nissen to come up with a piece of equipment he called a bouncing rig. Using his parents' garage as a workshop, he simply strapped a canvas sheet to a rectangular steel frame. They initially called it a "bouncing rig," but after traveling through the Midwest and Southwest, they learned the Spanish word for diving board, "el trampolin" and changed the name to Trampoline and got a patent.

Some Trampoline Tricks By Kids

Mini Band Trampoline - Airzone 38-Inch

Variflex 38-Inch Mini Band Trampoline
Variflex 38-Inch Mini Band Trampoline

Customer review:

"My granddaughter (aged 3) fell in love with her great grandmothers exercise trampoline and spent hours jumping. This made a perfect gift for her birthday that she really loves to play on. "


Trampoline and Enclosure Set - Pure Fun 12-Foot

Pure Fun 12-Foot Trampoline with Enclosure Set
Pure Fun 12-Foot Trampoline with Enclosure Set

Customer review:

"This unit was delivered on time and in great shape. Assembly was easy following the instructions it did take 2 to assemble. The quality of this unit was excellent the kids were using it immediately and haven't stopped since. I would recommend this unit to everyone."


The World's Youngest Inventor

Julian Pavone is "The World's Youngest Drummer!" and "The Worlds Youngest Inventor!"

Julian Pavone - Official Website

Julian Pavone The 4 Year Old Drumming Wonder

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      tammywilliams09 4 years ago

      I love Popsicle, earmuffs are really great and the Trampoline is super fun. I never knew that kids invented them. Kids are curious and creative so they dream and find ways to make it real. We need more inventors because so many ideas can be life changing. Thanks for sharing the lens!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      I love this lens! It's amazing to see what intelligent and creative kids can do!

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      debraspoole 4 years ago


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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: hi

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      that's a tarrible thing in the front

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Probably the trampoline as I have had lots of fun on these.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      In enjoyed reading your lens... I will post it on my Facebook page Engineering Solutions for Businesses.... Have a great day!!!

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      My favorite would be the trampoline, though they're all ingenious.

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      infiniti99 lm 5 years ago

      So many great ideas brought to lite.My favorite is the man cans just awesome.great lens thank you for sharing

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      sciencefictionn 5 years ago

      This lens is funny and interesting at the same time. Congrats!

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Great topic. Congrads on your Squidoo Trophy. Am going for next. Thanks.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Never underestimate the ingenuity of children - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      What fun! I had no idea that these inventions were done by kids. Very interesting.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great kid inventions on here, most if not all of them I didn't think a kid came up with, thank you indeed for the material.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent lens ! and introduce a new ideas here in Squidoo, so innovative! Thanks.

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      seedplanter 6 years ago

      This is such a F.U.N. lens! I had no idea how many familiar products were invented by kids! Maybe we don't give children enough credit for ingenuity. Sure makes me think of some things my brother did when we were kids that I now recognize as creative. Good lens - sure makes us think!

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I remember the old Science Fairs at school. I don't remember what I came up with but my dog disappeared for a while. haha! Squid Angel blessed.

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      You've got some real insights here. I didn't know any of these were invented by kids. Puts me to shame. But I enjoyed the read. Thanks.

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      Welcome to Squidoo. Very well done lens of a very interesting topic. Who knew that kids could be so innovative and brilliant to invent all of these things. I learned some things too. I was a gymnast, but didn't know the trampoline was invented by a 16 year old nor that the name came from a Spanish word.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Love this! Really interesting stories of kid inventors.

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      LosingTummyFatTips 6 years ago

      Very interesting, great lens :)

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      WNJ631 LM 6 years ago

      Nothing to "unlearn", and no preconceptions about how things are "sposed to be!"... that was a solid idea on the man candles, haha! Great lens, I can tell you've put a lot of work into it.