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Great Invention Idea? Easy & Fun Way to Put Your Kids to Work!

I often like to tell the techno-savvy, overindulged children of today that when I was a kid I WAS our family TV's remote control. I'd stand next to the television set and patiently change the channels until my father decided what he wanted to watch. The kids usually respond with a mildly skeptical look whenever I tell them this story. The look is only mildly skeptical because most kids assume TV hadn't yet been invented when I was a child!

That's why I like United States patent 4455816, because it works on the principle that kids aren't just those little people you love and drive to and from soccer practice, they are also the source of a largely untapped and expensive - the average cost to raise a child in America until the age of 18 is around $200,000 - labor pool.

Toddler Powered Lawnmower!Toddler Powered Lawnmower!

The patent is for a lawnmower attached to the back of a tricycle! No longer is mowing lawns the sole domain of the high schooler looking to make some extra cash over the summer. With this handy patent little Timmy or Susie can get working right away to help mom and dad pay the cost of their care and maintenance.

And there are health benefits too, since little Timmy or Susie will be forced to pedal their bikes in order to operate the mechanical, but not electrical or gas-powered, lawnmower. Gone will be the lazy days of summer ordinarily wasted by the pre-schooler on play dates and video games. In its place? The old-fashioned character builder: hard work.

With United States patent 4455816 the next trip to the toy store or bike shop can be a treat for both parents and children. On the way over there you can entertain your kids with stories about your own, man-powered childhood. You can even use my remote control story. Only save the part about the television sets all broadcasting only in black and white for a time when your kids are a bit older. After all, you don't want to give them nightmares, especially since they'll need all the sleep they can get after a long, hot day of pedaling and mowing!

Elizabeth Valeri
Funny Patents Writer
InventorSpot.com

Comments
Mar 26, 2008
by Anonymous

Kids' lawnmower

Where was this thing when my boys were young enough to be talked into riding one of these?
Fun blog with lots of info !

Mar 26, 2008
by Elizabeth Valeri
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Dear Anonymous

I'm glad this thing wasn't around when we were kids!  Glad you enjoy the blog.  Thanks for reading.  Smile

Elizabeth Valeri
Patents Writer
InventorSpot.com

Mar 29, 2008
by Anonymous

Too Dangerous!

Kids riding may fall over and cut themselves; while others around while riding may stick their feet or hands into the rotating blades!

Mar 30, 2008
by Elizabeth Valeri
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Dangerous

Although there is a level of danger associated with almost everything we do, keep in mind that this lawnmower is completely powered by the child peddaling the tricycle.  Therefore, I suspect the blades (and the child) don't move around fast enough to pose a real threat to bystanders.  That also means the blades stop moving as soon as a child stops peddaling for any reason including falling off the bike.  Alas, I think the real danger in all of this is that it might take weeks to get the lawn completely mowed and when it's finished it probably won't look the way a beautifully manicured lawn was meant to look.  I guess that's the price you pay for employing children to do the work of an adult (or teen). 

Elizabeth Valeri
Patents Writer
InventorSpot.com

May 6, 2008
by Anonymous

kids lawnmower

cool, awesome!!

May 6, 2008
by Anonymous

nice!

this is the awesomest thing in history!! its so cool! i could actually depend on my 4 yr. old son to ride his trike and lawn mow the grass for me! this is so efficient!! it could be a perfect gift, too, come to think of it!!

May 15, 2008
by Elizabeth Valeri
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Dear Nice!

I agree with you on all counts.  After all, idle hands are the Devil's playground! 

Elizabeth Valeri
Patents Writer
InventorSpot.com

May 15, 2008
by Elizabeth Valeri
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Dear Kid's Lawnmower

Glad you like the patent.  Thanks for reading! 

Elizabeth Valeri
Patents Writer
InventorSpot.com