Home > School and Learning > By Subject > Science and Health > Inventions We'd Rather Not See
|

Inventions We'd Rather Not See

Required:

  • Your time only

The world of science and engineering brings us all kinds of great and useless things. But what about the truly useless or silly things that haven't been invented yet? Here are some ideas to get your kid's creative juices flowing.

"Complexity Is Beautiful." Simple might be elegant, but complex can be fun. Have everyone imagine, and then diagram or verbally explain, the most complicated device they can think of for turning on a light switch. Or opening a door. (Maybe the device begins with a cage that opens and frees a mouse, who scares an elephant with a rope tied to its tail that… you get the idea). You can make a game of it, too, by awarding points for each step in the complexity process or bonuses for exceeding a certain level (say, 25 steps).

"Machines in Search of a Need." What if you had an appliance that could simultaneously skin a potato, wash behind the dog's ears, wax your car, and (wait, there's more!) inflate the tires on your neighbor's bicycle! Ask everyone to come up with devices that do the greatest number of unrelated tasks; for an additional mind-boggler, have them come up with names for the new product.

Hurry—our car really needs waxing. And the dog needs his ears cleaned!

|

From 365 TV-Free Activities You Can Do With Your Child Copyright © 2007, F+W Publications, Inc. Used by permission of Adams Media, and F+W Publications Company. All rights reserved.

To order this book go to amazon.


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

easter fun
& crafts

Egg-cellent ideas
for tons of
Easter fun.

GO

highlights

Healthy Smile Checklist for Kids
Have better dental check-ups with this free printable checklist that helps keep your child flossing, brushing, and smiling! Brought to you by Philips Sonicare.

Kindergarten Readiness App
It's kindergarten registration time! Use this interactive kindergarten readiness checklist, complete with fun games and activities, to practice the essential skills your child needs for this next big step. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

8 Easter Egg Decorating Ideas
Need some fun ideas for decorating Easter eggs with the kids? Look no further for colorful and cool designs!

7 Ways to Curb Kids' Exposure to Violence
American children are exposed to violence more often than you might think. Learn how to limit your child's exposure to violence and manage the mental health and behavioral effects it can cause.