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25 Cheap And Inspirational Projects For Kids That Will Stimulate Their Creativity And Enhance Their Knowledge

25 Cheap And Inspirational Projects For Kids That Will Stimulate Their Creativity And Enhance Their Knowledge

Cheap and inspirational projects for kids is all about the fun you will have. Kids need to be taught the value of creative thinking. Creative thinking in children leads to critical thinking in adults. And is an important skill that should be cultivated.

1. Color Changing Squirty Chalk

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    Color changing squirty chalk is fun for kids on a couple of levels. kids get to watch as a liquid mystifyingly becomes a dry solid. They also get to be very artistic and playful. Encourage children to mix the three basic colors to ‘magically’ make other colors appear.

    2. Fizzy Ice Science

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      Fizzy Ice Science is an exceptional experiment even for the little ones. The crystals can be colored with food coloring. Kids can help by mixing the ingredients and watching the chemical reactions.

      3. Bottle Rocket

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        Making a bottle rocket is always fun and very educational for kids. Kids get a hands-on lesson in physics, as well as learning the elements of what makes a bottle rocket move. This bottle rocket uses water and air to take off.

        4. Make Your Own Snow

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          Children will delight in their ability to make snow year round. Only two every day household products combined make this experiment possible. Put together and let the fun begin. The snow is surprisingly, naturally cold.

          5. Sand Volcano

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            A sand volcano can teach both chemical reactions and geology. The volcano can be built indoors, in a sandbox, or at the beach. In any case, kids will have fun and learn at the same time.

            6. Scavenger Hunt

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              A scavenger hunt can be held either indoors or outdoors. An indoor scavenger hunt might concentrate on sensory, such as finding rough or smooth items. While an outdoor scavenger hunt might consist of finding things in nature, such as, certain leaves.

              7. Bouncing Bubbles

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                 Bouncing bubbles are a great project either for in or outdoors. Kids will love watching and blowing these unique bubbles.

                8. Chalk Rockets

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                  These chalk rockets are explosively good fun. Everyday products are used to create the necessary chain of chemical reactions.

                  9. Potion Lab

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                    Every kid should have a potion lab to play around in. Kids can mix food coloring with water or mix baking soda with vinegar for some chemical reactions. Children should wear eye protection gear.

                    10. Squirt Gun Science

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                      Squirt gun science involves the chemical bubbling reaction from vinegar and baking soda. The surprise for the child was the color dots mom had left under the baking soda. Eye protection goggles are a good idea for this experiment.

                      11. Grow Grass Heads

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                        Growing grass heads is a fairly simple (but very messy) experiment for kids. They will love watching their miniature creations sprout green hair.

                        12. Create Rain Clouds

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                          Rain clouds are fun and easy to make. In addition they become more educational when the children ‘fill’ the clouds with ‘rain’. It’s a great time to teach the kids about weather.

                          13. Geyser Experiment

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                            Create a geyser simply with cola and some mentos. It does not matter what flavor the mentos are. Just drop some in and watch the fun.

                            14. Beans In A Bag

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                              Children will delight in this experiment. The author said that in some cases the beans did not grow. However, even the beans that did not grow, resulted in discussions about why some grew while others did not.

                              15. Balance Beam

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                                The balance beam can be in or outdoors.Use masking tape or long wooden blocks when indoors. Long wooden blocks can also be used outdoors. The balance beam strengthens leg muscles and improves balance.

                                16. No Soil Planting

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                                  Place damp paper towels in baking pans for this experiment. Plant seeds in rows and gently lay a plastic bag on top of all. Put in a sunny spot and watch the fun.

                                  17. Sticky Paper Trace

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                                    Stenciling prepares children for the task of writing later own. This project uses the sticky side of contact paper to keep the stencils from sliding.

                                    18. Liquid Sand

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                                      Liquid sand provides hours of fun and is surprisingly easy to make. Kids can indulge for hours with under water sand castles and far more.

                                      19. Lava Lamp

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                                        Making a lava lamp is easy and kids will love the results. Preschoolers will especially love watching and mixing the ingredients together.

                                        20. Ice Volcano

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                                           Ice volcanoes will keep little hands busy for hours. The use of droppers helps develop fine motor skills.

                                          21. Elephant’s Toothpaste

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                                            Elephant’s toothpaste is an experiment in catalysts that older kids will enjoy. The catalyst speeds up the experiment and also gives off heat during the experiment.

                                            22. Regrowing Vegetables Experiment

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                                              This experiment shows how celery can be regrown from the root. The experiment is extremely easy to do. Just set the root in water and a sunny location to watch it grow.

                                              23. Pencil And Baggy Experiment

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                                                This experiment surprised me and the kids really loved it. Before starting ask the children what they think will happen and then record what actually happens.

                                                24. Color Changing Milk

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                                                  This experiment is sure to bring a lot of oohs and ahhs. The resulting color explosion is quite beautiful.

                                                  25. Water Bottle Fountain

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                                                    The water bottle fountain shows that air takes space even though it can’t be seen. Kids up to 12 years of age will get a kick out of this experiment.

                                                     

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                                                    Last Updated on June 26, 2020

                                                    25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                                                    25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                                                    “How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

                                                    If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

                                                    You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

                                                    Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

                                                    As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

                                                    And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

                                                    But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

                                                    • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
                                                      • food
                                                      • rent/mortgage
                                                      • cell phone
                                                      • insurance
                                                      • socializing/entertainment
                                                      • transportation
                                                      • hygiene products
                                                      • household bills
                                                    • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
                                                      • travel
                                                      • clothing
                                                      • medication (*depends)
                                                      • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
                                                      • gifts

                                                    Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

                                                    Save Money on Food

                                                    1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

                                                    Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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                                                    Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

                                                    2. Buy the store-brand version

                                                    Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

                                                    3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

                                                    Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

                                                    4. Have group dinners

                                                    If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

                                                    Save Money in Transport

                                                    5. Get a bicycle

                                                    Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

                                                    6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

                                                    Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

                                                    7. Find the cheapest gas

                                                    Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

                                                    Save Money in General Shopping

                                                    8. Shop online

                                                    Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

                                                    9. Sell your old stuff

                                                    Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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                                                    Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

                                                    10. Bulk buying stores

                                                    For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

                                                    Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

                                                    11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

                                                    You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

                                                    12. Generic brand medication

                                                    More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

                                                    13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

                                                    It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

                                                    Cut Down on Household Expenses

                                                    14. Printing

                                                    Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

                                                    e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

                                                    Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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                                                    15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

                                                    A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

                                                    16. Shop around for insurance

                                                    Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

                                                    Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

                                                    17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

                                                    If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

                                                    18. Don’t get a TV

                                                    Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

                                                    19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

                                                    My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

                                                    Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

                                                    20. Have house parties

                                                    Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

                                                    For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

                                                    21. Open festivals, meetups and events

                                                    It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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                                                    22. Volunteer

                                                    If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

                                                    23. Housesit

                                                    There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

                                                    Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

                                                    24. DIY beauty

                                                    French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

                                                    25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

                                                    If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

                                                    Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

                                                    Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

                                                    • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
                                                    • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
                                                    • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
                                                    • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
                                                    • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
                                                    • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
                                                    • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

                                                    Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

                                                    What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

                                                    Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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