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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 September 17, 2018

                                                    How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                                                    How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                                                    Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                                                    With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                                                    So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                                                    1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                                                    It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                                                    You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                                                    So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                                                    2. When you want something big, wait

                                                    Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                                                    It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                                                    We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                                                    A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                                                    So, you get the itch.

                                                    You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                                                    Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                                                    Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                                                    Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                                                    It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                                                    The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                                                    3. Live smaller than you can afford

                                                    You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                                                    You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                                                    That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                                                    Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                                                    Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                                                    The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                                                    But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                                                    4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                                                    Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                                                    But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                                                    Create a grocery budget

                                                    Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                                                    Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                                                    I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                                                    Make a list… and never deviate

                                                    Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                                                    You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                                                    These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                                                    Eat before going grocery shopping

                                                    It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                                                    If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                                                    After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                                                    Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                                                    However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                                                    This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                                                    5. Cancel your gym membership

                                                    Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                                                    The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                                                    Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                                                    I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                                                    Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                                                    Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                                                    For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                                                    Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                                                    There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                                                    It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                                                    I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                                                    Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                                                    The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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