Is it time to start looking for your kids science project ideas for the upcoming science fair? Find the best science projects with these tips.
If you are looking for kids science project ideas, there are a couple things you should be thinking about before you go off ad buy one. We have some great ones at 24 hour science fair projects but no matter how good they are, they might not be what you need. So here are some tips from us to you about what you should be doing as you help your kids find the best science projects Trust me, we have all been through this with our own kids and for me I’ve seen it time and again with kids at my school.
Tips for finding the best kids science project ideas
- Be sure you need to actually be looking for one. Sometimes the teacher sends home the project to do, or a list to choose from.
- If you do a Google search add in the grade level, that will help weed out the ones that are too advanced.
- You can use adjectives live fast, easy, simple, fun, cool or something like quick and easy science fair projects to a search. That will also help weed out the advanced or complicated ones.
- Read the directions the teacher sends home, or what they gave you at Back To School Night and be sure you know what TYPE of project they are asking for and check to be sure you are buying the right type. The most common types are: investigation/experimentation, collection, demonstration, models and research.
- Look at the supply list and go for the ones with common everyday stuff you probably already have at home, or can pick up on the next trip to the store. Unless the teacher sends home a specialized ingredient, or gives you plenty of advanced notice to go looking for it, stay away from those. Trust us, your life will be easier.
- Finally, check and make sure any kids science project ideas you consider follow the steps to the scientific method. Basically it means question, predict, experiment and collect data, analyze the data, draw a conclusion. Teachers usually spell this out in the directions.
By the way, we have a free guide for parents that explains a lot of this, gives you a glossary of common science terms, explains the scientific method, and also goes into making a great display board as well. You can download it instantly by clicking this link: “Non Scientist Parents Guide to a Science Project”
There are many shapes and sizes to kids science project ideas so it can be overwhelming if you don’t have any guidelines from the teacher, so you as the parent become “triage” and can help weed out the bad ones and get the choices for you child down to a reasonable size.
My final tip for finding the best science projects is to be sure to include your child in the process and the final choice has to be their own. If you want them to really get into it, it has to be something they decide. You may have an idea of what they should pick, but really, you have to master the art of keeping quiet. Chances are that is the one they will pick if you don’t shove it down their throats!