WW #111: Inventions by Kids Giveaway


Hi everyone. Last week, Beckett had his Invention Convention at school. The Invention Convention allows 4th graders to present the process of an invention — from concept, to planning to final product. Sadly, I had to be at a medical clinic with my Mom and couldn’t be there. A close friend filmed this video and sent it to me.

Felt SO bad I missed Beckett’s Invention convention but here’s what a true friend sent my way. You can’t survive as a mama without true mama friends. So proud of my big boy! #beckett

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In life, we so often focus on the final product. When you see a woman dressed to the 9’s, you think “how gorgeous” without thinking about how much sacrifice and time went into getting there. We celebrate children at graduations, recitals and tournaments, even though it’s the practice time that got them there. We see the final production of a play or movie without thinking about all the time and planning that preceded that final version.

I’ve heard often that we parents should encourage our kids to concentrate on doing their best, rather than on achieving a goal. That way, no matter what the outcome, they gain. Our kids learn that when they stick to something, the reward comes through how they feel about themselves — competent, capable and strong — rather than what they’ve actually done.

I wouldn’t describe my kids as science-oriented. We’re more of a books kind of family, and we don’t do science experiments at home. Beckett’s invention, in that sense, was a foray for him into the world of envisaging a practical object that should have some utility. Beckett devised a “windshield” who purpose is to protect your face from the wind on the way to school. He found plastic and sewed it onto a baseball cap. I’m not sure I see this product ending up on an Amazon hit list, but the experience brought Beckett a lot. He felt proud of what he did.WW #111: Inventions by Kids GiveawayI watched that video as a proud mama feeling so guilty for not being there. When Beckett hugged me later on, saying not to worry and that he understood, that was the richest reward.

Wishing you all a wonderful week and see you back soon for some fun content.

Melissa

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  • Natalie

    Kids learn so much in the process of creating/inventing something. It is not about the end product, but the process in getting there.

  • shannon fowler

    this is so awesome. This would be so much fun to participate in as a child.

  • That’s a pretty cool invention.

  • cynthiac

    Think of all the problem solving he did. Finding materials, measuring, and attaching were all things he needed to think about. Great job, Beckett!

  • We need lots more kids like this!

  • Amber Gibson

    Really neat and great that it gives kids courage to pursue their dreams

  • honeypie411

    I love it

  • Susan Smith

    It’s great to encourage kids to use their imagination

  • Ed Nemmers

    This would be for Big Earl!

  • slehan

    I think it’s a clever invention. Good for people who wear contacts.

    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  • shellypeterson

    What a fun convention for the kids to be involved in.

  • Tiff

    I love the creativity!

  • Betsy Barnes

    Great idea! My son loved doing science projects. His favorite was baking cookies in a solar oven made from a pizza box.

  • Jerry Marquardt

    The inventions all look so cool! Thanks for enlightening my whole family today.