5 Elementary School Science Fair Project Ideas on a Budget

I love my daughter’s school, but I can’t help but groan inwardly when I receive a note about an upcoming science fair. We all know it’s usually the parents who are up at late hours tracking down poster board and markers for a last-minute masterpiece. I’ve exchanged many weary glances with fellow parents at Home Depot, buying plywood and paint for a diorama.

After my child’s last school project, which involved a lot of spray paint and craft knives, I decided enough was enough. Instead of being a science fair for kids, it was turning into a competition to see whose parents would win the blue ribbon. I made a promise that from then on, my daughter would be in charge of her own project. science, learning, cool stuff, home, royal family, lifestyle, kids, science science, learning, cool stuff, home, royal family, lifestyle, kids, science science, learning, cool stuff, home, royal family, lifestyle, kids, science science, learning, cool stuff, home, royal family, lifestyle, kids, science

The only problem is, my daughter is six. She can’t exactly grab the keys and head to the local art supply shop to pick up glitter and glue. Nor can she do everything unassisted. But then I realized that I already have a ton of stuff around the house that can be used to make a great science project.

Armed with a pantry full of supplies, I made it my mission to discover the cheapest, easiest elementary school science projects that my daughter can do (mostly) by herself.

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Affordable Science Project Ideas

Science projects don’t have to cost much – or anything at all. And though your child’s project may not be in the same league as the parent-made replica of the human brain, at least your child did the project herself – and learned from it. After all, isn’t that the point?

Here are five of the best kid- and wallet-friendly projects: science, learning, cool stuff, home, royal family, lifestyle, kids, science science, learning, cool stuff, home, royal family, lifestyle, kids, science science, learning, cool stuff, home, royal family, lifestyle, kids, science science, learning, cool stuff, home, royal family, lifestyle, kids, science

1. Weather Patterns
If your child is always asking why it rains or why it gets hot in the summer, try this project related to warm and cold fronts. Fill two flat bins, one with hot water and one with cold water. Then, fill up four water balloons, two with hot water and two with cold. Show how different “fronts” (the water balloons) move across Earth’s surface (the bins of water) when the weather is already hot or cold – the weather being determined by the water in each bin

This is fun because other kids can try it for themselves at the science fair, which also means extra points for interactivity!

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