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KID INVENTORS DAY: 5 awesome inventions by kids

TODAY is Kid Inventors Day and throughout history some very clever kids have come up with amazing inventions that are still widely in use today.

Here are six great products you didn't know were invented by kids:

1: Braille

Born in France in 1809, Louis Braille lost his sight at just three years of age.

While a student at the National Institute for Blind Youth in Paris, he experimented with different ways of reading using touch.

A 15-year-old Louis modified a military code used for reading messages on the battlefield in the dark and went on to invent Braille, a raised dots system making it possible for blind people to read.

2: Snowmobile

It started with a simple idea way back in 1922, "What would happen if attached a sled to a motor?”

While tinkering with his dad's old Ford Model T motor, 15-year-old French-Canadian boy Joseph-Armand Bombardier and his brother tried it and developed the very first snowmobile.

3: Trampoline

In 1930, at age 16, George Nissen came up with an idea that is still keeping kids entertained to this day.

After watching trapeze artists drop into a safety net after finishing their routine, the young George thought it would be great if they could keep bouncing.

He turned his parents garage into a workshop and rigged a canvas tightly over a metal frame, developing the world's first trampoline.

The idea, which he called "the bouncing rig” revolutionised acrobatics and became a favourite for children all over the world.

4: The Popsicle

It happened by accident but it ended up making inventor Frank Epperson a lot of money.

One freezing night in San Francisco in 1905, Epperson mixed soda water powder and water in a glass and then left the stirring stick in the mixture. After a night out in the cold, the mixture had frozen solid - and the accidental inventor had created the world's first Popsicle.

He developed the idea later, in 1922, and changed the name to Popsicle, selling the rights to the brand in 1925.

5: Earmuffs

Nobody likes cold ears, and in 1877 at 19 years of age, Chester Greenwood made a wire frame and had his grandmother sew some beaver skins to it.

He created the world's first pair of earmuffs and went to patent the invention.

The invention went onto sell 400,000 pairs in the first year.



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