Like many kids, Nicholas Bubeck found himself at home with a lot of time on his hands because of COVID-19.
That is, until his mother made a suggestion that sparked an entrepreneurial fire.
“My mom told me to start a business during the Coronavirus, so one day she put a bunch of crafts on the table and told me to make an invention,” Bubeck told RADIO.COM.
So what did he come up with? Nicholas, 6, used his “creative brain” to make a “super cool” craft plane.
He knew he was onto something when another family member was interested.
“When my baby brother woke up from his nap, he wanted a plane of his own — so I made him one,” he said. “And then a lightbulb went off and I thought: Hey! My business should be selling craft planes!”
That’s the simple yet inspiring story of Creations by Nicholas, which is what Bubeck named his business.
Through the company’s website that he built with help from his mom, Nicholas sells DIY Plane Kits that come with all the materials kids and families need to create the toys.
“People can buy my craft planes — they come in many colors, like red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple,” Nicholas explained.
He added: “They are made of popsicle sticks, corks, a bottle cap, a clothespin and more. I make the planes by myself even though the wheels and booster cork are kind of hard to put on.”
To help families impacted by COVID-19, Bubeck also established the Kits for Kids program, which sends a DIY Plane Kit to kids whose parents are healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID-19.
The company’s charitable efforts also extend to donations — a dollar from each plane sold goes to the Triple Heart Foundation, an organization run by a friend of his mother’s which gives books to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) all over the country.
“When I was born, I was in the NICU, so it means a lot to me,” he said.
For Nadine Bubeck, Nicholas’ mom, it’s been rewarding watching her son take initiative and reach for the sky.
“I don’t care how many planes Nicholas sells,” Nadine said in a statement. “Surely, he’s overly delighted every time an order comes in, but really, it’s not about that. It’s about the process. It’s about shaping his will. It’s about empowering our children to think outside the box and beyond worksheets.”
“It’s about teaching our children the things WE find important — whatever that may be,” she added. “It’s about challenging them, fostering their creative spirit, and encouraging them to see things through.”
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