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One Day Science Fair Projects: Great for Weekend Hands-on Fun!

The weekends are often the only time during the school year the family can kick back and relax from the busy daily routines of work and school. This is a great time to get into the habit of doing something hands on with your kids to get them away from their electronic devices for awhile. The first things that comes to mind is doing something crafty, putting a puzzle together, or baking cookies together. Another idea that you may not have thought of is to search for some simple one day science fair projects that use everyday household materials to answer everyday questions that come up naturally, like “Is there the same amount of vitamin C in juice as there is in oranges?” This article will explore some of the benefits bringing a science project into the weekend mix of activities.

One HUGE benefit that goes without saying, is the opportunity for quality time. Those words have become a catch phrase, and overused at times, but the bottom line is any chance to spend some time with your child without other distractions, is time well spent. Doing a hands on project is even better since it encourages healthy conversation, and a chance to give advice without appearing to nag. Since it is a science project, it opens their curiosity doors to talk about other science things in our everyday world.

Another benefit of bringing one day science fair projects into your weekend routines whenever it works out, it that it will give your child a sense of independence. These are not projects that need a parent hovering, they can be involved in the process, but a well organized project with easy to follow directions will give the child ownership of the project and the ability to do it themselves. Eventually they will learn from doing these projects how to set up up follow up projects of their own. Once they learn how to look at vitamin C, they might take a look at different salsa sauces.

Enough can’t be said about the benefit of understanding that 21st century learning is a blend of electronic time saving devices and old fashioned hands-on doing. The experience of actually doing something yourself can not be replaced, like building, creating, baking or experimenting with things you gather, touch and use. For example, the stash of one day science fair projects you find could be stored online, so kids might use their phones or computers to get the directions, and record the data,but the actual doing it part, will be a hands-on event. It ends up being a lesson in how to blend the best of both worlds.

Taking the time to work some hand-on activities into your weekend schedule will be a valuable habit for any family. You will be happy to get more cookies baked, cool projects made of wood and interesting one day science fair projects results stuck on your refrigerator. Do not worry, you still have plenty of time for laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning the bathroom, and paying your bills.

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. 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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Try Some Fun 24 Hour Science Projects for the 24 Hour Sleepover!

24 Hour Science Projects don’t always have to be done for school!

The recipe to success for any overnight sleepover with young kids is keeping them active and busy.  Planning an organized  activity for part of the time really helps. the same goes for youth groups or scouts, anytime you have kids spending the night.  It also helps keep the group together and less wandering off.

The combination of a sleepovers and 24 hour science projects make a great match since  an experiment can be started and sit overnight to check out the results in the morning.

Parents should consider 24 hour science projects as one activity  the next time you sponsor an overnight.  Here are some tips:

  1. Choose  projects that don’t look too school-like. and are something that interests kids of that age.  Girls could look, at beauty projects . Boys a fingerprinting experiment.  These could be part of an overall party theme like a spy night or make-up make-overs.
  2. Be sure everyone has something to do.  You don’t want kids sitting around waiting “their turn.” So having each kid do their own experiment, or one where many hands are needed to get it going.  Like when you compare  how five or six different things react when you change one variable.
  3. Be sure you have everything you need, and that it is are set up ahead of time. Print out the directions, have  a computer close for entering data, and have enough paper in the printer for charts.
  4. Make sure the area where you work has plenty of room to spread out, and have extra grown-ups around to answer questions and supervise.
  5. Finally, be sure the project can be finished in one day, that it is a quick and easy home science projects for kids to do that looks like a lot of fun.

The novelty of the idea can help make this idea a success.  It isn’t like playing the same games that you do at every sleepover or everyone sitting around playing video games. The kids will remember this and go home talking about how much fun they had.  It also takes a huge chunk of time , as any parent who hosts a sleepover know, is a good thing.  It is not a secret formula for getting these same kids to go to sleep so you can get some sleep!

This is just one of the ways parents can use 24 hour science projects at home.  There are other creative uses too!

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