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Inventions by Kids

Did you know that the popsicle, ear muffs AND the trampoline were invented by kids? And, more than a few kids have become rich off of their inventions before they even graduated high school.

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“Kids are natural innovators,” said Jon Dudas, who used to work for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Officebut is now the president of FIRST, an organization designed to help foster innovations by kids in science and technology.

Kids have been inventing things for hundreds of years and now, thanks to organizations such as FIRST and By Kids, for Kids, a group that connects kids with contests for young inventors, they’re feeling more inspired and more confident to invent. Turning their products into sales is also becoming more of a reality.

Click here for more than a dozen innovative and inspiring inventions by kids.

Watch Cindy Friday, Sept. 30 on the “Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda,” with special guest host Ben Folds, as she demonstrates some of these products invented by kids and offers tips for how your kids can become entrepreneurs, too. (Click here to watch the video.)


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  • Cindy Perman is a writer at CNBC.com, covering jobs, real estate, retirement and personal finance.

  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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