Science is an exciting subject for kids, help your student explore the world of science with a fun project. Over the years science has taken a back seat to video games, computers and the internet. Regardless of what’s occupying your students time these days, there are still experiments and activities they will love to do.
As a parent you can count on grade School teachers to require your student to complete at least one science project per year. Elementary science projects are easy to find, but finding the right project for your child can be a challenge. Below are five tips to help you find a Cool Science Project for your grade school child.
1. Make sure to get the project requirements from your teacher. Most elementary schools give a range of choices from many types of projects. Your little one may need to complete an experiment, a demonstration, a collection of data or a model. Knowing what kind of project you need, will narrow down your choices considerably.
2. Your child’s interest can make the process fun. What activities or games does your child enjoy? Is your daughter curious about insects, maybe a biology project documenting the change from caterpillar to butterfly? Is your sun concerned about the environment? Try a green energy experiment with a solar panel kit.
3. Set limits on time and money. You don’t need to spend a lot of time and money for a project to be grade A. Decide on how much cash you’re willing to spend, and create a generous time line for getting supplies and completing the fun stuff.
4. Keep in mind that this is supposed to be fun. Don’t choose a project with complicated instructions. You want your child to do the project with your help – and not the other way around. Keep it simple and make it fun for kids.
5. Give your child 2-3 project choices. Ever notice how it takes your child longer to pick a ice cream flavor when there are 30 of them? Narrow the list of science projects, and you’ll both be happier.