Parents, teachers and kids all have their own ideas about what fun and easy science fair projects should be.
When it comes to science fair you have three different groups of people who have their own ideas about how all should go.
The teacher who assigns it wants education to be at the top of the list.
Kids of course think it should be fun to do
Parents want quick, fun and easy science fair projects . Bottom line, is the ideal project will satisfy all of them
Here are some tips to help you find a fun and easy science fair project that the teachers will also love.
- If the teacher has not sent home a list to choose from, or a general theme to use, then you need to use the child’s interest as your guide. When you choose a topic they already like, you will perk their interest. Sometimes it can be a stepping stone, and when looking in one area, you get ideas for a new direction. If you child loved dogs, you could be looking a pet related topics and before you know it get into looking at what kills fleas the best.
- As a parent it is important to double check which kind of project the teacher assigned. this would be a horrible blunder to do a cool project that gets rejected because it is the wrong type. Know what kind of science project is required. Make sure you know which of the five types was assigned. Most science fairs require an experiment, which has an hypothesis, tests the hypothesis following the scientific method, and arrives at a conclusion, so it is easy to just assume that is the kind of project you are looking for. But it could be a demonstration of a science principle, a report on a subject in science, a collection of items, or may-be building a scientific model.
- Look at the materials list of any potential project and do a quick budget check. If your funds do not include buying special chemicals and/or equipment, then look for ones that use materials easily found in your home. Be sure to have a spare supply of printer ink and paper on hand! You don’t want it to be 11:00 the night before the project is due, and run out of printer ink.
- Do not forget to budget for time. If the science fair is a week away and you have not started, you need to search for a quick and easy science fair project that can be done that does not need three weeks to watch mold grow or seeds sprout. Be sure if paint or paper mache is involved you budget for drying time. One thing that people forget to budget time for is making the display board, writing the report and playing with spreadsheets.
- The teacher will be happy if you use many resources, both for finding fun and easy science fair projects and for supporting facts and research. Use both the library and the internet. Libraries are known for large sections just on ideas for the science fair projects. Look for pictures that can be used in the display. Supporting research is an important piece that becomes more important as the kids get older.
Be sure to get your free copy of the “The Non-Scientist Parent’s Guide to Science Fair Projects”. Where you will learn a lot more about choosing a fun and easy science fair projects , making great displays and science terms to refresh your memory.
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