Creative Ideas For School Projects


When you were a kid, did you have a hard time with school projects? I'm sure we all did at some time or another. For me, it was procrastination; I would put everything off until the last possible minute and end up having to slap something together the night before something was due. This was usually for the more boring projects like French Christmas cards or geography essays. But what if there was a way to make these projects more interesting? What if your child could do that presentation or read that report in a way that makes her stand out from the crowd and is fun to do? Here are a couple of ideas for interesting school projects-pending teacher approval, of course.

Let me make one thing clear: I am not suggesting that you do their project for them. That kind of defeats the purpose, doesn't it? No, I'm just giving ideas that you can give to your child to make things a little less boring and make her want to get started early.

If your child is doing a report on a state or a country, make a 'wearable map' out of string, poster board and/or cardboard. Draw an outline of the state and draw or glue things to it that represent the state's exports or major landmarks. For instance, for Georgia, you can glue the label of a can of peaches to the 'map'. For the diamond mine in Arkansas, cut a picture of an engagement ring out of a magazine and put it in the approximate location of the mine on the map. A map of Maine can have lobster claws and a tail coming out of it, and the upper peninsula of Michigan can be given tires and windows like a car. It doesn't really matter what state or country the report is about, just as long as the information relevant for the presentation is on the map/costume somewhere. If all else fails, your child can wear a board in the shape of the state or country's flag while reading his report.

I'm sure we all remember the fun we had on the days when someone brought food for everyone. My French class would have 'tasting parties' where we brought in different French foods. Since most of us were not chefs and neither were our parents, you'd find at least three different kinds of quiche, two salads with vinaigrette dressing and bunch of trays of desserts. Spanish class wasn't much different, what with doing presentations on various cities or countries. If your child wants to do something edible but doesn't want (or you don't have the materials) to make something everyone else is bringing, you can take a more 'geographical' approach. Do something like make a huge cookie in the shape of France with M&Ms highlighting the major cities or make a Mexican flag out of fruit. Since there is at least one type of fruit or vegetable for every color found in a country's flag, this shouldn't be hard to do.

Hopefully I've given you something to think about next time your child asks you for help on a school project. Creative ideas like this can help take a lot of the anxiety out of standing up and presenting to the class. Just make sure it's okay with the teacher!

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