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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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                                                    Published on May 7, 2019

                                                    How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

                                                    How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

                                                    When it comes to stocks, I bet you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing.

                                                    Everyone who’s not a financial expert has been there. I’ve been there. But, time is passing and you need to be crystal clear with how you’re investing for your retirement.

                                                    Otherwise, it’s back to work until you can afford not to. So, how can you invest for retirement when you’re not a financial expert?

                                                    You take the time to learn the fundamentals well. If you do, you can grow your wealth and retire happy. The best part is that you don’t need to be a financial expert to make smart investment decisions.

                                                    Here’s how to invest for retirement the smart and stress-free way:

                                                    1. Know Clearly Why You Invest

                                                    Odds are you already know why should invest for retirement.

                                                    But, maybe you know the wrong reasons. It’s time you get clear on why you’d like to retire. Here are some questions to help you get started:

                                                    • Will you spend more time with your family?
                                                    • What does retirement mean to you?
                                                    • Are you looking to launch that business you’ve been holding off for years?

                                                    Everyone wants to retire but not for the same reasons. Once you’re clear for why retirement is important for you, you’ll focus on making it happen.

                                                    Investing in the stock market allows you to take advantage of compound interest.[1] All this means is that your money earns money on top of its interest. A reason why investment in the stock market is one of the best ways to plan for retirement.

                                                    2. Figure out When to Invest

                                                    “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”– Chinese Proverb

                                                    It’s true if you’d had started investing when you were 10 years old, you’d have a lot more money than you do today.

                                                    The reality is that most people don’t start investing until it’s too late. So, if you’re currently waiting for the perfect time to start an investment, it would be today. Open your calendar and block out 2 to 3 hours to choose how you’ll invest for retirement.

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                                                    A quick way to get a snapshot of where you stand is to use Personal Capital. Input all your personal information and spend some time setting your retirement goals. Once completed, you’ll know where you stand with your retirement.

                                                    Having a savings account for retirement isn’t planning for retirement. Why? Your money loses value when you factor in US inflation.[2]

                                                    3. Evaluate Your Risk Tolerance to Create the Perfect Portfolio

                                                    Investing your money well depends on your emotions.

                                                    Why?

                                                    Because when the market drops most people panic and withdraw their money. On average, the US stock market yields an annual 6% to 7% ROI (return on your investment.) But, this won’t happen if you’re worried about short-term loses.

                                                    Before you invest your next dollar, know your risk tolerance.[3] Your risk tolerance determines the number of risky and safe investments you’d have.

                                                    Regardless of your investing style, you need to view investing for retirement as a long term game. Know that some years you’ll lose money but recoup this in the long-term.

                                                    Avoid watching market-related new. Also, create a double authentication to log in your investment account. This way you’re less likely to withdraw your money.

                                                    4. Open a Reliable Retirement Account

                                                    Depending on your circumstance, you may need to open a new brokerage account. This is the account is where you’ll invest your money.

                                                    If you’re currently working for a company, odds are that they offer a 410K investing account. If so, here’s where you’ll invest most of your money. The only problem with this is that you’re limited to the stock options that are available.

                                                    You do have the option to open a separate IRA (individual retirement account.) Here are some of the best brokers:

                                                    1. Vanguard
                                                    2. TD Ameritrade
                                                    3. Charles Schwab

                                                    5. Challenge Yourself to Invest Consistently

                                                    Committing to invest for retirement is hard, but continuing to do so is harder.

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                                                    Once you’ve started investment for your retirement, you run at risk from stopping. Often you’ll want to contribute less, so you’d have more money in your pocket.

                                                    That’s why it’s important that you create a budget that allows you to invest each month. If you’re working for a company, you can set a percentage for the amount you’d like to contribute each month. Most people by default contribute 1% but aim to contribute 10% to 15%.

                                                    Be the judge for how much you can afford to contribute after covering important expenses. To stay motivated, use Personal Capital to view your net worth.

                                                    A benefit to contributing money to your retirement account is not taxed. For example, if you earn $100 and invest 10%, you’d contribute $10, then get taxed on the remaining $90. As of 2019, the most you’re able to contribute towards your 401K is 19K but this can change.

                                                    6. Consider Where to Invest Your Money

                                                    The most common way to invest your money is in stocks, but it’s not the only way. Here are other ways to invest:

                                                    Robo Advisors

                                                    Robo-advisors[4] are fancy algorithms that’ll choose the best investments for you. Sites like Wealthfront make it easy for first-time investors to invest their money. You’d input information about yourself and set your risk tolerance.

                                                    Then, set your monthly contribution amount and your robo-advisor would do the rest. Robo-advisors charge a fee to manage your money, but less than regular advisors.

                                                    Bonds

                                                    Think of bonds as “IOUs” to whomever you buy them from.

                                                    Essentially, you’re lending money and charging interest. Like stocks, not all bonds are equal. Some will be riskier than others depending on their rating.

                                                    Here are the different types of bond categories:[5]

                                                    1. Treasury bonds
                                                    2. Government bonds
                                                    3. Corporate bonds
                                                    4. Foreign bonds
                                                    5. Mortgage-backed bonds
                                                    6. Municipal bonds

                                                    Mutual Funds

                                                    Picture a group of people dumping all their money in a jar that’s managed by a professional. This is how mutual funds work. The fund manager manages the money looking to earn capital gains (interest.)

                                                    One of the best types of mutual funds is index funds. Since these funds don’t try to beat the market and instead follow it, they need less research. Because of this they often charge the lowest fees and yield the best long-term results.

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                                                    Real Estate

                                                    Yes, buying a home is an investment when done correctly.

                                                    Imagine buying a home and using it as a rental property. After repairing it, you receive a monthly surplus check of $100 to $200.

                                                    This may not sound like a lot, but repeat this process enough times and you’d earn a large amount of passive income. That’s why real estate is one of the best investments to not only retire but become wealthy.

                                                    But, it requires a lot of money to start and you should expect losing money along the way as you learn the process.

                                                    Savings Accounts

                                                    Your money can still grow in a savings account. Nowadays most online banks offer a 2% annual return. Although the average inflation is higher your money will be available when you need it.

                                                    7. Master Disincline to Dodge Short Success

                                                    Investing for retirement is a long-term strategy. That’s why you need to master delayed gratification. All this means is delaying short-term pleasure for something bigger in the future. Research shows that those who have delayed gratification are more successful.[6]

                                                    So how can you master delayed gratification?

                                                    By building your discipline.

                                                    Think back to what retirement means to you. A clear purpose will help you avoid withdrawing your money during a market downturn. It’ll help you contribute more towards retirement when you’d want to waste it instead.

                                                    Your journey towards retirement will be long, so reward yourself along the way. Choose a reward that’s relevant and meaningful, so that you reinforce positive behavior. For example, after contributing more towards retirement, treat yourself to dinner.

                                                    8. Aggressively Invest on This One Investment

                                                    I’ve mentioned several types of investments but haven’t covered the most important one.

                                                    It sounds cliche but here’s why you’re your best investment towards retirement. The more you know, the more money you’ll be able to make. The more good habits you adopt, the more secure your retirement will be.

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                                                    More importantly, investing in yourself is an investment that no one can take away. There’s no market downturn nor tragic circumstance that’ll wipe your knowledge and experience.

                                                    But, how can you invest yourself?

                                                    Reading books, blogs, and anything that’ll help you learn new topics daily. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks on your commute to/from work.

                                                    Save money to buy courses and hire coaches. I used to believe hiring coaches was a waste of money when I could learn the subject alone.

                                                    But, coaches see your blind spots and hold you accountable. Hiring the right coach will help you achieve your goals faster than you would’ve alone.

                                                    Retire Happy with Excess Money

                                                    The key to a secure financial future doesn’t only belong to financial experts.

                                                    It’s possible for you and I. What if you were able to retire earlier than most people and weren’t a financial planner? What if you were able to focus on what you enjoy doing the most while your money was working hard for you?

                                                    I know this sounds impossible now, but the truth is you’re capable of taking charge of your retirement. I’m not a financial expert but I’ve learned how to invest my money by reading books and learning from others.

                                                    Investing your money is scary. So start small and invest a small amount of your money with a robo-advisor. Feel your money drop and rise for a month or two. Then, invest more and keep this up until you’re aggressively saving for retirement.

                                                    One day, you’ll wake up with a net worth you’re proud of – confident about your retirement. You now know a few strategies you can use to invest in your retirement. Will you take action to retire happy?

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