It’s that time of the year that if you are like me you always dread. Science fair project time. For me, this can be the most stressful part of the year. Mainly because I am just never prepared for it. You would think that I would be since I already have experienced this with one child but unfortunately, I’m not. Ugh! I am never ready. Due to never being properly prepared, the stress can come flooding on. No one can work effectively under stress, so it’s not surprising that my stress doubles when trying to complete a science fair project. I know one of my friends always gets stressed when she tries to help her kids do their projects too. However, she manages her stress by smoking marijuana. When I was talking to her the other day, she suggested that I buy spoon pipes online as that is a popular and easy way to smoke marijuana. She suggested that it may calm me down before I attempt to complete my sons’ project with him. I’m not sure whether to or not, but she does give good reviews of smoking marijuana as a stress-relieving method. I have found out online that there are different levels of weed though, so I think it would be important to choose a top-quality strain.
Tyler recently finished his science fair project. His choice for his project topic was to test to see if our cats Jojo and Oreo had a preference to use their right paw, left paw, or no preference at all. We took pictures of the cats playing with toys and getting food out of cups and a toilet paper roll at different times for 4 weeks. His project didn’t take much material and it was really affordable to carry out. One thing that we for some odd reason had a hard time finding was a tri-fold board. It took a total of 3 weeks to find. It was the strangest thing. Either the stores didn’t have them or they wanted an insane amount of money to buy them. Highest I saw was $9.99. Well anyone who knows me knows that price doesn’t sit well with me so I headed over to my local Walmart to see how much they sell their tri-fold boards for and was thrilled to see they had theirs on sell for $2.97. I saved $7.02. I was so thrilled. Tyler was able to finish his project. In the end we found out that neither cat had a preference. It was fun to see though. His project cost under $20. Here are some tips to survive your child’s science fair project:
1.Have at least 3 project options. If one doesn’t work out there is a back up.
2. Set a budget. Some kids want to go over the top to impress their teachers and classmates.
3. Price match your materials so that you are paying more than you need to.
4. Do the necessary research. (Help your child research if needed)
5. Have your child spend at least 30 minutes to an hour on their project each day. That leaves time for other schoolwork and they don’t get overwhelmed.
6. Only help if they ask. I’ve been known to critique my son and my daughter on little things and it really frustrated them.
7. Get all the supplies you can before your child starts their project. Please don’t wait until the last minute like I did.
8. Let your child have fun and let their creative juices flow.
I hope these tips help your child has a successful science fair project.