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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 September 2, 2020

                                                    How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                                    How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                                    Personal finances can push anyone to the point of extreme anxiety and worry. Easier said than done, planning finances is not an egg meant for everyone’s basket. That’s why most of us are often living pay check to pay check. But did anyone tell you that it is actually not a tough task to meet your financial goals?

                                                    In this article, we will explore ways to set financial goals and actually meet them with ease.

                                                    4 Steps to Setting Financial Goals

                                                    Though setting financial goals might seem to be a daunting task, if one has the will and clarity of thought, it is rather easy. Try using these steps to get you started.

                                                    1. Be Clear About the Objectives

                                                    Any goal without a clear objective is nothing more than a pipe dream, and this couldn’t be more true for financial matters.

                                                    It is often said that savings is nothing but deferred consumption. Therefore, if you are saving today, then you should be crystal clear about what it’s for. It could be anything, including your child’s education, retirement, marriage, that dream vacation, fancy car, etc.

                                                    Once the objective is clear, put a monetary value to that objective and the time frame. The important point at this step of goal setting is to list all the objectives that you foresee in the future and put a value to each.

                                                    2. Keep Goals Realistic

                                                    It’s good to be an optimistic person but being a Pollyanna is not desirable. Similarly, while it might be a good thing to keep your financial goals a bit aggressive, going beyond what you can realistically achieve will definitely hurt your chances of making meaningful progress.

                                                    It’s important that you keep your goals realistic, as it will help you stay the course and keep you motivated throughout the journey.

                                                    3. Account for Inflation

                                                    Ronald Reagan once said: “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hitman.” This quote sums up what inflation could do your financial goals.

                                                    Therefore, account for inflation[1] whenever you are putting a monetary value to a financial objective that is far into the future.

                                                    For example, if one of your financial goal is your son’s college education, which is 15 years from now, then inflation would increase the monetary burden by more than 50% if inflation is a mere 3%. Always account for this to avoid falling short of your goals.

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                                                    4. Short Term Vs Long Term

                                                    Just like every calorie is not the same, the approach to achieving every financial goal will not be the same. It’s important to bifurcate goals into short-term and long-term.

                                                    As a rule of thumb, any financial goal that is due in next 3 years should be termed as a short-term goal. Any longer duration goals are to be classified as long-term goals. This bifurcation of goals into short-term vs long-term will help in choosing the right investment instrument to achieve them.

                                                    By now, you should be ready with your list of financial goals. Now, it’s time to go all out and achieve them.

                                                    How to Achieve Your Financial Goals

                                                    Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, it is usually a two-step process:

                                                    • Ensuring healthy savings
                                                    • Making smart investments

                                                    You will need to save enough and invest those savings wisely so that they grow over a period of time to help you achieve goals.

                                                    Ensuring Healthy Savings

                                                    Self-realization is the best form of realization, and unless you decide what your current financial position is, you aren’t heading anywhere.

                                                    This is the focal point from where you start your journey of achieving financial goals.

                                                    1. Track Expenses

                                                    The first and the foremost thing to be done is to track your spending. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you will be surprised by how small expenses add up to a sizable amount.

                                                    Also categorize those expenses into different buckets so that you know which bucket is eating most of your pay check. This record keeping will pave the way for cutting down on un-wanted expenses and pumping up your savings rate.

                                                    If you’re not sure where to start when tracking expenses, this article may be able to help.

                                                    2. Pay Yourself First

                                                    Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classic mistake when setting financial goals. We pay ourselves last!

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                                                    Ideally, this should be planned upside down. We should be paying ourselves first and then to the world, i.e. we should be taking out the planned saving amount first and manage all the expenses from the rest.

                                                    The best way to actually implement this is to put the savings on automatic mode, i.e. money flowing automatically into different financial instruments (mutual funds, retirement accounts, etc) every month.

                                                    Taking the automatic route will help release some control and compel us to manage what’s left, increasing the savings rate.

                                                    3. Make a Plan and Vow to Stick With It

                                                    Learning to create a budget is the best way to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be organized

                                                    Nowadays, several money management apps can help you do this automatically.

                                                    At first, you may not be able to stick to your plans completely, but don’t let that become a reason why you stop budgeting entirely.

                                                    Make use of technology solutions you like. Explore options and alternatives that let you make use of the available wallet options, and choose the one that suits you the most. In time, you will get accustomed to making use of these solutions.

                                                    You will find that they make it simpler for you to follow your plan, which would have been difficult otherwise.

                                                    4. Make Savings a Habit and Not a Goal

                                                    In the book Nudge, authors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein advocate that, in order to achieve any goal, it should be broken down into habits since habits are more intuitive for people to adapt to.

                                                    Make savings a habit rather than a goal. While it might seem to be counterintuitive to many, there are some deft ways of doing it. For example:

                                                    • Always eat out (if at all) during weekdays rather than weekends. Weekends are more expensive.
                                                    • If you are a travel buff, try to travel during off-season. You’ll spend significantly less.
                                                    • If you go shopping, always look out for coupons and see where can you get the best deal.

                                                    The key point is to imbibe the action that results in savings rather than on the savings itself, which is the outcome. Focusing on the outcome will bring out the feeling of sacrifice, which will be harder to sustain over a period of time.

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                                                    5. Talk About It

                                                    Sticking to the saving schedule (to achieve financial goals) is not an easy journey. There will be many distractions from those who are not aligned with your mission.

                                                    Therefore, in order to stay the course, surround yourself with people who are also on the same bandwagon. Daily discussions with them will keep you motivated to move forward.

                                                    6. Maintain a Journal

                                                    For some people, writing helps a great deal in making sure that they achieve what they plan.

                                                    If you are one of them, maintain a proper journal, where you write down your goals and also jot down the extent to which you managed to meet them. This will help you in reviewing how far you have come and which goals you have met.

                                                    When you have a written commitment on paper, you are going to feel more energized to follow the plan and stick to it. Moreover, it is going to be a lot easier for you to track your progress.

                                                    Making Smart Investments

                                                    Savings by themselves don’t take anyone too far. However, savings, when invested wisely, can do wonders.

                                                    1. Consult a Financial Advisor

                                                    Investment doesn’t come naturally to most of us, so it’s wise to consult a financial advisor.

                                                    Talk to him/her about your financial goals and savings, and then seek advice for the best investment instruments to achieve your goals.

                                                    2. Choose Your Investment Instrument Wisely

                                                    Though your financial advisor will suggest the best investment instruments, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about the common ones, like a savings account, Roth IRA, and others.

                                                    Just like “no one is born a criminal,” no investment instrument is bad or good. It is the application of that instrument that makes all the difference[2].

                                                    As a general rule, for all your short-term financial goals, choose an investment instrument that has debt nature, for example fixed deposits, debt mutual funds, etc. The reason for going for debt instruments is that chances of capital loss is less compared to equity instruments.

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                                                    3. Compounding Is the Eighth Wonder

                                                    Einstein once remarked about compounding:

                                                    “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… He who doesn’t… Pays it.”

                                                    Use compound interest when setting financial goals

                                                      Make friends with this wonder kid. The sooner you become friends with it, the quicker you will reach closer to your financial goals.

                                                      Start saving early so that time is on your side to help you bear the fruits of compounding.

                                                      4. Measure, Measure, Measure

                                                      All of us do good when it comes to earning more per month but fail miserably when it comes to measuring the investments and taking stock of how our investments are doing.

                                                      If we don’t measure progress at the right times, we are shooting in the dark. We won’t know if our saving rate is appropriate or not, whether the financial advisor is doing a decent job, or whether we are moving closer to our target.

                                                      Measure everything. If you can’t measure it all yourself, ask your financial advisor to do it for you. But do it!

                                                      The Bottom Line

                                                      Managing your extra money to achieve your short and long-term financial goals

                                                      and live a debt-free life is doable for anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort. Use the tips above to get you started on your path to setting financial goals.

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