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National Kid Inventors’ Day (January 17)

Check out the weird holiday National Kid Inventors’ Day on Jan 17. Learn the history of kid inventions and get ideas on how to celebrate.

One weird holiday on January 17 is National Kid Inventors’ Day. Check out the other weird January holidays!

History of National Kid Inventors’ Day

Today is the day of celebrating children who invent things! This date was chosen because it also happens to be Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, who was a renowned kid inventor. At the age of 11 (or 12 – reports vary), he invented swim flippers.

Over the centuries, kids have been making inventions that go all around the world! Some of the most popular kid inventions are trampolines (by George Nissen and Larry Griswold), water skis, ear muffs, popsicles (by Frank Epperson, age 11), and even the television!

Probably one of the most impressive kid inventor was Louis Braille, who invented the language that the blind use to read all over the world. Louis Braille went blind in an accident at three years of age, and in his teens he developed Braille while he was a student in Paris at the National Institute for the Blind.

According to Lee Ward (who created this weird holiday), children and teens invent over 500,000 gadgets and games every single year! So today is the perfect time to celebrate these kids and help the kids in your life make inventions themselves!

Ideas for National Kid Inventors’ Day

Here are some ideas for how you and your kids can celebrate – by making your own kid inventions!

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