Kid inventors find savvy solutions for small problems

Sep. 30, 2011 at 1:01 PM ET

What do the trampoline, earmuffs and the popsicle all have in common?

They were all created by kid inventors under the age of 18.'s Cindy Perman shared the stories of a few other whiz kid creators on TODAY.

There’s 8-year-old Abbey Fleck, who came up with the Makin Bacon dish, after she was helping her dad make bacon in a microwave and they had run out of paper towels. Abbey scoured her house and created a rack to hang the bacon strips on – allowing the grease to drip into the attached dish.

The product, which Perman says is now sold in WalMart (right next to the microwaves!) was such a hit considering that Abbey became a millionaire by the time she was a teenager.

Most kid inventions are the result of savvy kids finding solutions for small problems. Take, Cassidy Goldstein, who was 11 when she found a clever way to deal with broken crayons. She used a plastic holder for cut roses as a crayon holder, and – voila – a product was born.

For 13-year-old Hart Main, a burning question was “Why aren’t their candle scents that men would like?” Using recycled soup cans (the soup is donated to soup kitchens and hospitals), he makes Man-Cans, which come in  scents like bacon, camp fire, fresh cut grass, and dirt.

Do your kids like to make inventions? What’s the most creative thing your child has invented?