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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 November 8, 2018

                                                    How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                                                    How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                                                    After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

                                                    But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

                                                    Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

                                                    Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

                                                    Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

                                                    Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

                                                    The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

                                                    1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

                                                    Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

                                                    With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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                                                    Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

                                                    Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

                                                    For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

                                                    Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

                                                    It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

                                                    2. Set your own boundaries

                                                    Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

                                                    Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

                                                    Here are some important traits to consider:

                                                    • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
                                                    • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
                                                    • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

                                                    These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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                                                    3. Continuously invest in yourself

                                                    Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

                                                    You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

                                                    Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

                                                    Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

                                                    Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

                                                    It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

                                                    4. Document the value you bring

                                                    Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

                                                    To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

                                                    A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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                                                    Here are some ideas:

                                                    • joesmith.com
                                                    • joeasmith.com
                                                    • joesmithprojects.com

                                                    Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

                                                    During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

                                                    5. Hide your salary requirements

                                                    Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

                                                    But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

                                                    The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

                                                    Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

                                                    6. Do just enough research

                                                    Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

                                                    Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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                                                    Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

                                                    Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

                                                    7. Get compensated by your value

                                                    Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

                                                    Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

                                                    Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

                                                    You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

                                                    The bottom line

                                                    You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

                                                    You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

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