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Science Fair Projects: Perfect To Keep Kids Occupied!

Babysitters and babysitting stories are one of those subjects that everyone could practically write a book about. We were all kids and tried all the same tricks that our own children will try on the babysitter you hire. The stories you want to hear are the ones about the babysitter the kids like and the cool things they did and how much fun they have. Using cool one day science fair projects as an activity for babysitters to do with the kids is one idea that has great potential for success.

“That’s not how Mommy does it,” or “Daddy said we had to do it this way,” are two statements that babysitters have nightmares about. The kicker is you never know for sure if they are pulling your leg!. This is where the beauty of having a stash of one day science fair projects comes in. You leave a project behind, something the kids have never done before, and babysitter and children will get involved in the experiments and have some fun without having to hear about how mom or dad usually does it.

Another benefit for babysitters doing a science project, is that it is something constructive to do with their time. Open ended time, that can only be filled if the kids actually answer the, “What would you like to do tonight?” question with something besides a shrug, or the very thing the parents just told you they could not do. When children know there is something specific planned for the evening, it gives them something to look forward to, and the babysitter has something to fill up a hunk of time.

A final benefit of using these one day science fair projects as an activity for babysitters is that it gives direction and focus for the evening where the parents will see the results. When it is all over, the data from the project can be on display. A digital download science project should come with a built in spreadsheet where the results can be entered and turned into a cool looking chart. Print the chart out for when the parents come home and there is instant topic for discussion the next day.

Babysitters themselves might want to invest in their own copy of quality one day science fair projects to use with all of the different families they sit for. They will learn how to adapt experiments to different ages and interests. It is a win-win situation for everyone, parents, babysitters and the children to have this simple and fun activity to use while the parents get a well deserved break.

Here is a link to a great digital resource for simple, easy to follow 24 hour science projects, weekend projects and demonstration projects. Often these digital products cost less than what you would pay for a pizza.
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One Day Science Fair Projects
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My name is Sue Gnagy Fegan and I used a structured, sequential multisensory teaching approach for the past 34 years.

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The Holiday One Day Science Project

Often times holidays that are not December holidays, come and go and no special mention is made of them. All the kids know is either they are off school, or there is no mail that day. Creating simple activities to do around all the holidays throughout the year is a way to make note of the day. A common thing to do is some craft project, or themed baking. Why not try one day science projects that center on something you associate with the holiday? This will give the children a hands-on fun activity to do, and help create positive interest in science as a way to observe the world around you.

Here are some random thoughts to show how easy it is to hook one day science fair projects to the holidays.

Valentines Day- You think about red and chocolate. A project that figures out how much red food coloring is needed to bake a red heart cookie that ends up being red and not pink, will hardly seem like science. Doing something with chocolate should always be a hit, like seeing if there is a difference between how long milk chocolate and dark chocolate takes to melt.

St Patrick’s Day- Of course you think green. So use the green theme and do a simple environment kind of experiment. You might try a blind fold experiment to see if people really can tell the difference between Green Eggs and Ham and regular ones.

Mother’s Day and Fathers Day- For one could be a longer than one day science projects since it is the beginning of the growing season. Plant a variety of seeds and compare the results on Fathers Day. Plant annuals some with and some without fertilizer and compare the difference on Fathers Day.

As you can see, the holiday becomes the jump start for a fun or even silly idea to explore. Fourth of July brings comparing home made burgers to store bought, Halloween can test out all kinds of gross and gooey substances to use as props for costumes, and Thanksgiving could include a test to see how best to make sweet potatoes not taste like a vegetable.

The idea is to make simple one day science fair projects a part of everyday life, and not something just for science class. This will also teach kids that science is everywhere and a healthy curiosity about science means you are aware of the world around you.

Here is a link to a great digital resource for simple, easy to follow 24 hour science projects, weekend projects and demonstration projects. Often these digital products cost less than what you would pay for a pizza. Go to my Blog!
One Day Science Fair Projects
Look for great Middle School Science Projects too!
Step by Step Blueprints for Students and Parents
http://24hourscienceprojects.blogspot.com

You could also try using some fun math games.
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My name is Sue Gnagy Fegan and I used a structured, sequential multisensory teaching approach for the past 34 years. I saw first hand the benefits of engaging students in productive, hands on activities to make learning more meaningful and more fun.

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You Can Use Fun Science Projects For School Vacations!

Fun Science Fair Projects might solve the “boredom” problem during the next school vacation

 

It always happens, when kid are on break from school. boredom sets in.  They won’t admit it, but it is true!  No matter if it is the  ten days for  the December holidays ,  a long weekend,  spring break or  summer vacation,  there will be a time when they say “I’m bored!”  Reading a book or during chores is a great boredom buster, but having something different for them to do like fun science projects give you variety.

Actually it is a good thing when kids get  bored and have to figure out something to do.  We tend to run the risk of overbooking our kids, so downtime  at home is important.  It won’t hurt to have some fun activities around so kids can find them on their own when bored.

Yes, it is true vacation means having a vaction!  But you don’t need to let that brain turn into mush either. Fun hands-on projects that happen to make you think and maybe even learn something  still give  kids a break and will  the brain cells moving.

Many families  start early and make doing different hands on activities with their kids part of their  routine,  so adding some one day science fair projects for kids will just blend into the mix.  Here is how to do it:

  • From  kindergarten on always have something fun ready for them to do over the long weekends and vacations. Sometimes you will get to it, other times not, but it is still there.
  • Find a project you can  download that was written by teachers uses the basic steps of the scientific method and have then ready on your computer. you might even check and see if there are materials you need to gather so you  have them around if needed.
  • As they grow older, have projects for their age available, but let them choose which one they feel like doing that day.

Over time, as long as you have  projects on hand, they will naturally head that direction when boredom blues arrive. Often these digital products cost less than what you would pay for a pizza.  They can be used when a friend sleeps over, or to fill up a rainy day.  When they really come in handy is when you need a last minute home science projects for those times you procrastinate or they “forget” to tell you about it!

Looking for fun Science Projects  for your next break? Look no further!