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School Projects with your kids

Updated on May 20, 2014

Some of the homework/projects I had helped my daughter with.

Topic: Medieval Torture - The Pulley (has to be movable)
Topic: Medieval Torture - The Pulley (has to be movable)
A thread pulley is used, twine and a clip.
A thread pulley is used, twine and a clip.
I put together a figure of a tortured man using a sack, straw, popsicle sticks, a cork, bubble wrap and twine.
I put together a figure of a tortured man using a sack, straw, popsicle sticks, a cork, bubble wrap and twine.
Topic: Medieval Well using Pulley Modelled after the traditional Medieval wells making sure it is lightweight and structured to depict realism using stone and wood.
Topic: Medieval Well using Pulley Modelled after the traditional Medieval wells making sure it is lightweight and structured to depict realism using stone and wood.
A soya sauce take-out container is used as a well basket, plus popsicle sticks, straw string and wire.
A soya sauce take-out container is used as a well basket, plus popsicle sticks, straw string and wire.
The well basket.
The well basket.
A Soldier's Letter to his dad (1915). My daughter had asked me that I write it. I did not expect to write 4 pages at past midnight. I was a bit complaining for the last minute request of my penmanship, but at the same time, I was ecstatic to do it.
A Soldier's Letter to his dad (1915). My daughter had asked me that I write it. I did not expect to write 4 pages at past midnight. I was a bit complaining for the last minute request of my penmanship, but at the same time, I was ecstatic to do it.
Topic: A Soldier's Letter to his sweetheart (1915). Muffet composed the letters and I transformed them onto the papers we made together.  Materials: Homemade paper with a vintage look and natural tear
Topic: A Soldier's Letter to his sweetheart (1915). Muffet composed the letters and I transformed them onto the papers we made together. Materials: Homemade paper with a vintage look and natural tear
We made our own vintage paper using kitchen items and the oven. I grabbed several sheets  including a line paper and it came out the best. Materials: sheets, soy sauce, daiquiri (available in my fridge that gave the leather feel), and black tea.
We made our own vintage paper using kitchen items and the oven. I grabbed several sheets including a line paper and it came out the best. Materials: sheets, soy sauce, daiquiri (available in my fridge that gave the leather feel), and black tea.
It was a cool project to do. I was getting excited what the teacher would say.
It was a cool project to do. I was getting excited what the teacher would say.

Are you ready to lend a hand when your kid asks you to help with a project?

School projects are cool. School projects win your interest to jump into it to help your kid(s). It could be the other way around- a school project will need an ample time put on research and the child wishes for a handful creativity from either one of his/her parents.

My elementary years in a girls’ catholic school, homework accompanied by projects was outrageously dominant of time consumption on week nights and especially weekends for a pupil vulnerable to getting impatient and easily agitated. My pa ceaselessly was eager to join me on my projects and his ideas and craftsmanship had at all-time come out the best in the class. I was fortunate then and the teachers knew that my little hands cannot produce such things but understands that the pupils would have the need for an adult to help us build our school projects one by one.

Pa would always leave me some parts where I could incorporate my talents into. “It would not be nice to set all the work to him for it will not make me proud,” he advised. At least, if I have used my skills into a project, then I can proudly say that my pa had helped me (though obvious as it may seem that he had done most of the work). He used to tease, “I’m going to be graded by your teacher, not you.”

In the Philippines, we had the advantage of securing raw materials without difficulty. Raw materials were cheap and abundant in the market or right within my surroundings. Machinery was not a problem either whenever pieces of materials need special shape and cutting. Our home is within the compound where my uncle’s furniture factory is just a stone throw.

My two girls are now past the more intricate projects during their grade school, and I had unloaded my creativity onto the larger work that required mommy’s help. This hub will show you a few pictures of the work my daughters and I had shared creativity together. I call it “bondage of blood and talents” linking our minds, hearts, handiwork and mother-to-daughter bonding in order to meet a deadline and make her happy.

Now, I am missing the productive support I could give to my children. One is in high school and attends to her own projects (with the exemption of "1915, A Soldier's Letter to his dad and a sweeheart")...see picture. My older daughter is attending college and if there is any school project to do, she dazzles herself to confinement with her computer. All I can do which is important for my girls and you must do the same with your children is to as multiple of times support and praise their work.


10 Ways How to Find Materials without Hassle and Save Time and Money

I do not mind my daughters calling me a “pack rat”. I like to keep aside scrap materials that I feel would become importantly beneficial to them and to myself. But I am not the "hoarder" type. There were many instances that I do not have to run out and buy what they need for a project because I have the supply. Occasionally, it has become useful and convenient for me as well since I like being creative. It is a great utility source to have supplies within my reach. Just as the man-of-the-house have all the necessary bits and pieces inside his toolbox, so do we, but keep it neat.

1) Have a storage bin with lid and label it.

2) Keep firm shoe boxes and cookie tins for smaller items like glue sticks, paper clips, clothes pins, straw strings, yarn, elastic bands, ribbons, tags, fuzzy balls, popsicle stick, wooden-cut ice cream scoops, chopsticks, barbeque skewers, artificial moss, greeting card cut-outs, felt pads, corks and many, many more.

3) Save the rare-shaped jars from jams or pickles to be used to store colourful buttons, fancy push pins, silver dust, sawdust, grain, pebbles, loose feathers, dried flowers, and even crushed egg shells. These would look nice if they are of closer heights, after all, you do not need that much to store. Merely for the purpose of an immediate project.

4) Spare a few empty cardboard rolls from your aluminum foil or Saran wrap and toilet tissue and keep them. I find these cardboard rolls very useful for anything. Make a tube out from a Pringles canister. You may keep both ends open or keep the can as it is with the lid. Re-design. One example: A pretty wrapped or painted cardboard roll or a Pringles tube will serve as a protector for any print out homework. A wider diameter makes the paper or sheet to easily unroll neatly.

5) Wash clean used plastic take-out containers from soy sauce. This will serve some purpose. See project “Medieval Torture - The Pulley”.

6) Store at least 2 types of ball strings in your bin: fiber twine or industrial rope and the white string. These are great for craftwork if you are looking for something natural.

7) A rubber mat for trimming with blades is essential; it has grid lines to produce accurate cuts. This is not a cheap art/craft supply, but it is worth to have one at home so that the kids do not get tempted to run a cutter on top of the dining table, on their desk maybe or on the flooring. It will freak you out if you find unwanted blade marks. (Keep blade cutters away from little children's reach.)

8) Do not dispose short pencils. Reuse them. You may always sharpen them and they really look décor-pretty inside a clear jar or in a cylinder-shaped glass vase.

9) Keep some extra bubble wraps and styrofoam blocks.

10) These are mainly scrap materials from within your household that could easily be trashed. But think again.

Store all of your supplies away from little kids.

From time to time, my girls call for me when they need anything for their creative activity such as: a gift wrapping supply (including gift bags and tissues), tags, adhesive tapes, markers, threads & needles, colour papers, cardstock, ribbons, sticks, brush, etc. They know they do not have to run to a store except if it is something they would like to spend on. I could easily describe to them where I put the stuff because these supplies are all orderly stored.

Have fun helping your kid(s) out with a school project. Be a creative dad. Be a creative mom.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi again, my friend! I feel that I miss you too! Our school kids' projects will keep us younger, don't you feel the same? Funny, how my kids don't care about saving some scrap materials but I advise them that these will come handy one day...so, I keep them instead. Both my girls have past projects that their teachers are keeping in the classrooms. They used to tell me, "Mom, my teacher wants to keep my project. Is that okay?" "Sure." I said. That was always a good news because there is no space for it at home. They are not in those schools anymore, but their work lives on for the other kids to see. I just hope that when time comes they will have their own children, they will be helping them out with their projects just like me and my pa.

      Take pictures of the projects you help out with your kids, Donna. One day going through these photos will really make them proud.

      Have a nice day! Cheers!

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      Interesting, I am still in that zone of school projects and more to come. I hope I will have stuff readily available and well labeled as you prescribe. I do keep quite a bit of stuff for use as required but there is always need for more. Helpful article. Thanks, friend. Missed you lots.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Great article! A parent's delight. Great work!