3 Things you should never say to your Child

Parenting is like trekking on a mountain – no matter how good you are, there is always the risk of falling. No guide book can ever make us a hands-on dad or mom, only instinct and experience can. No same set of rules can apply to two kids, even if they are siblings! Now I have said that, I do believe that we must stop from saying a few things to our little angels. Even if they look normal and harmless, they can actually turn out to be pretty harmful for our kids’ emotions and feelings..

Our children are indeed our reflection. They shape up more or less the way we mold them into, and mostly, it’s our own words which are playing with their conscience… impacts more than we can ever imagine.

1. Never Say ‘NO’

Rather than that, try – ‘Why not / How about’

We say ‘no’ to our little one million times a day, presuming that we are the best judge of what is bad or good for them. No doubt we are, but this ‘no’ has the potential to break our children. A seemingly simple & innocent ‘no’ can shatter their confidence, make them feel he’s incapable of undertaking a certain task, and can kill their urge to volunteer or help.

Worse, they absorbs ‘no’ as the way of life and so every time we ask them to do something, their response is going to be ‘no’! Thus, as a parent, we must make proper use of this powerful two letter word.

Hack: In place of saying ‘no’ flat out, it would be much better to give your kid alternatives to pick from.

When they asks for an ice-cream, ask them to try a healthier shake instead; If they ask for a new color-box even though they already have one, tell they when they can have a new one, instead of simply saying they cannot have a new one.

2. Never Say ‘You Must Become Like ‘Sharma Ji Ka Beta/Beti”

Rather than that, try – making ideals out of important values, and not from people

Personally I believe that we should try and focus on our child’s achievements, their good qualities. Instead of aspiring to people, we should urge them to aspire to values – confidence, compassion, morality, integrity etc. After all, it’s these qualities that make a good person, Agreed? Let’s be proud of what our child is as every child is unique, and work in the direction of improving the strengths.

I can’t deny, we are very much the society we live in and comparisons are impossible to avoid. Many times, our friends, family members etc. lament over useless comparisons and troll your child with a nonsense demand to become as good as somebody else. they may even ask us parents to be ‘more competitive’ or ‘stricter’! It is very detrimental not just to your child's mental and physical health but it may also backfire and turn them into rebels!

3. Never Say ‘Let me Do It For You’

Rather than that, try – teaching/showing them how to do it

When our precious little one is stuck somewhere in a task and is yearning hard to find the solution it is very obvious that we feel an overwhelming urge to offer the helping hand, ‘Let me do it for you’ often seems the easiest way out at that moment to pacify our struggling kid; but think, is it really going to help your children in the life? No. It will only make them more dependent on you to find answers to their problems.

How about channelizing or steer their thoughts in the right direction so that they reach the problem’s solution by themselves. This will make them independent and will also boost their self-confidence. This is our philosophy behind ProjectsforSchool.com too. We want our kids to experiment with the right material to be able to make working models on their own. This would help them develop confidence of achieving milestones, accomplishing things, learning science while doing something.

I hope you agree that we are our children’s role models. We can’t just cease to be the people they look up to and imitate! So it’s completely our choice of what we want these little buds to bloom into. That’s undoubtedly the best gift we can give them. Do you also have something you avoid saying to your kid?

Please share them in the comments, so that all of us can benefit from it.

Haya Abidi

School science project on making model of thermometer

Teaching units of measuring temperature can be fun with this simple School science project on making model of thermometer leads a clear understanding of the subject.

School science project on making model of thermometer

School science project on making model of thermometer

Thermometer is a measuring instrument to measure the degree of hot and cold. The heat energy is the form of energy which moves from hot particles in the substance to the colder particles. When material is hot its particles move much faster than when its in a colder state. Thermal energy is the sum movement of kinetic energy of the particles.

Daniel Gabriel Fahrenhiet, a German scientist introduced first thermometer in the year 1709. It contained alcohol. The thermometer filled with mercury was made in the year 1714.

Many types of thermometer are used these days but the most common method is to use thermometer filled with mercury. Since mercury is a health hazard and not safe for children to use in school science project. There are other options to make school project on thermometer such as liquid filled thermometers coloured with vegetable dyes.

Material needed to make this school science project :

  1. Clean plastic bottle
  2. Rubbing alcohol
  3. Plastic straw
  4. Modelling clay
School science project on making model of thermometer

School science project on making model of thermometer

Procedure

Put water in the bottle, fill it to one fourth

Add rubbing alcohol to the bottle till the bottle is half full.

Then add a few drops of food colour to the mixture in the to make it visible

Add the straw in the bottle, make sure it doesn’t touch the base of the bottle

Lock the mouth of the bottle with the clay and let it settle for sometime at room temperature.

Stick a card  stock paper to the outer end of the straw and mark the point where the liquid is right now and that can be taken as room temperature.

School science project on making model of thermometer

School science project on making model of thermometer

Next place the bottle in the sun and see the temperature rise accordingly.

This is fun science project to do in the school as well as home and teaches about scales of temperature.

Easy school projects on solar energy and power

Solar energy can be used to heat our homes and do so much more. solar energy is being used as conventional source of energy to do so much more than just light a few bulbs. Once you have to demonstrate your school science project on solar energy there are many options to go for. Here we are listing 5 Easy school projects on solar energy and power which are easy to make and easy to demonstrate.

5 Easy school projects on solar energy and power :

  1. Solar powered fan

Easy school projects on solar energy and power

Easy school projects on solar energy and power

A simple school science project which can demonstrate the energy conversion from solar energy to electricity. This project needs a solar panel to collect solar energy and DC  toy motor to attach to it. Once taken out in sun, the circuit is completed and it works like a pro. Attach the fan blades or plastic toy fans easily available to complete this school project after completing the circuit of solar powered fan.

  1. Solar powered car

Easy school projects on solar energy and power

Easy school projects on solar energy and power

All you need is a chasis and solar panel to connect with toy motor and Wheels to get this easy school project running.

  1. Solar energy conversion

To demonstrate various gadgets which can work on solar energy attach the solar panel with DC motor, an electrical buzzer and LED.

Easy school projects on solar energy and power

Easy school projects on solar energy and power

This easy science project connects solar panel with Motor attached to fan, Buzzer and Led alternatively to showcase the assembly once taken out in the sun.

  1. Solar cooker

Easy school projects on solar energy and power

Easy school projects on solar energy and power

The simplest of all the science projects to make all you need is aluminium foil and shoe box covered with foil and black chart paper to convert solar energy into heat energy to slow cook the food. Once the sun rays are concentrated on the solar cooker it increases the inside temperature of the solar cooker.

  1. Solar water heater

This solar power school project is a little tricky and works best for students of grade 9 and above. You will need soft copper pipes and soldering iron to make one.

You will need to paint the copper tube black.

Easy school projects on solar energy and power

Easy school projects on solar energy and power

The copper pipes are fiited in the solar panel which is usually made of glass and cool water once passes through copper pipes gets heated and gets collected into an outer chamber. The base of the solar panel can be made with aluminium foil to collect more sun rays.

5 facts about wireless power transmission we are sure you did not know about

Wireless power transmission has been around for a while but off late it has picked up a lot of momentum. Wires are a hassle and if gadgets can be wireless then it saves a lot of space and ugly wires.

wireless power transmission

wireless power transmission

We are still waiting for a breakthrough technology in wireless transfer of energy which can solve the problem of longer distance. If that becomes a reality, world will soon see a revolution around wireless energy which will be powered by Wi Fi routers and will be easily available at public places.

This can be made into a school project try our do it yourself wireless power transmission kit to tacch this great technology of the future to children.

wireless power transmission

wireless power transmission

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Facts –

  1. There are two ways of wireless charging one is inductive and magnetic charging and other is by radio frequency energy.
  2. Wireless energy is already being used to charge electric toothbrushes, it much safer as their proximity to water. The conventional wire charging is considered a hassle.
  3. The discovery of the basic principle was done by Michael Faraday back in 1931. Legendry scientist Nikola Tesla was already doing great experiment using the same principle.
  4. Wireless charging can reduce CO2 emissions and are much more sustainable.
  5. Not only phones but soon all of the technology would be working on wireless charging that will include electric cars as well.
wireless power transmission

wireless power transmission

 

To keep things exciting we have an amazing kit which children can make and learn about wireless power transmission.

5 school science project ideas to make on the topic energy and energy conversion

5 school science project ideas

  1. Penny batteries or voltaic piles

 5 school science project ideas

5 school science project ideas

 

Easy school science project ideas to understand the production of energy with two different metals with a sour solution in between is a fun school project. There are many versions of this same project . The higher the stack of different metals, more is the electricity produced good enough to light up an LED.

http://www.projectsforschool.com/product/photon-flower-science-project-for-kids/ take look at the link for a different version of penny battery that is photon flower.

  1. Solar energy

 5 school science project ideas

5 school science project ideas

Many projects can be listed under this but simplest to make would be solar oven. A simple school science project which uses direct sunlight as the source of energy to cook food. All it needs is a basic box and lots of aluminium foil paper to concentrate sun rays to slow cook the food. Make a solar cell and this simple kit helps you make one. http://www.projectsforschool.com/product/make-solar-cell-school-project-for-kids/

  1. Solar energy conversion

 5 school science project ideas

5 school science project ideas

Simple circuits which use photo voltaic panel to make a science project. For example a solar powered fan is a simple science project to see solar energy conversion to electricity. More gadgets can be used with photo voltaic cell to run on solar panels to make a good science project on energy conversion. For example electric buzzers and LEDs can also be made to work with the same.

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  1. Generators

 5 school science project ideas

5 school science project ideas

Simple electric generators are the most fun school science projects to make and the material is easy to get for the same. All you need is lots of copper and few pieces of strong magnets.

When coil of copper wire will be moved through the magnetic field the current will be generated and hence enough electricity can be generated to light up an LED.

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  1. Windmill electricity generator

 5 school science project ideas

5 school science project ideas

The coolest school science project which helps understand how wind energy can generate electricity. All what is requires is a great motor and a fan to make electricity. the blades of the windmill should be large enough or if you are using regular fan then the blades can be moved mechanically to demonstrate energy conversion and generation for the same.

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