Science fair project for 5yr old Down Syndrome girl?

Jessica - posted on 01/08/2013 ( 63 moms have responded )

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I need a simple science fair project my daughter can present to her class. Taking into consideration that she has Down Syndrome and is 5 yrs old in a regular Kinder class. Please help!

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Lisa - posted on 01/10/2013

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Another option would be to make a poster of animals from the local environment, either your yard, geographic area, local park etc... Include a picture (either one you take, or from a magazine etc...) and include a factoid about that animal, what it eats or where it lives (in the ground, air water) or something that is interesting to your daughter. My son did something similar to this in kindergarten for the science fair, it was something that he could do most of it on his own (so he had ownership), something that he understood at that age, and something he was keenly interested in. I had him write all of the information to practice his writing, but you know your daughter's limitations.

Another possibility would be to guess how many of each color there are in each bag of M&Ms. You guess if there will be the same number of each color, or which will be more etc... then take a few packages of M&Ms and count how many of each color there are in each package.

A third possibility would be to buy a small bunch of white carnations and put them in cups of water that has been dyed different colors and show how the plants suck up the water and it goes all the way to the petals.

At 5 a very simple project- really more just something that is observation is probably going to be the easiest- and will be easily tailored to her own special needs.

Good luck and have fun! If you let her own it and do as much as possible she will probably do really well. :)

Holly - posted on 01/08/2013

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what about growing a bean plant in different amounts of light. or seeing if singing to a bean plant really makes a difference... i always find that when kids grow things, they are so proud of themselves.

Lizz - posted on 01/18/2013

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Do a stain project....you could make it humourus....let her get and old white t shirt of Dads, get stains on it form everyday things, /grape jelly/ mustard/Choco milk/ ketchup/lipstik,pawprints, popsicles, etc etc etc, ....things she prob gets on her clothes, any way....test 3 stain removers, and document the results.....simple, but effective, and she gets to stain things on purpose !!!!!!

Catherine - posted on 01/13/2013

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Hi Jessica... I used to teach Kindergarten and am now a Mom to a Kindergarten and to another precious miracle who also has Downs who is now 16 months old. Your post caught my eye for these reasons and I wanted to share what I used to do with my Kindergarteners a few years back. This is a fun project and I hope you and your precious girl enjoy the journey of this project together :)

http://www.ehow.com/info_12026750_scienc...

TJ - posted on 01/13/2013

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The Rubber Egg project is fun and easy!

Instructions -

1 - Hard-boil an egg and place it in a jar.

2 - Pour vinegar over the egg and fill up the jar. Place the lid on the jar and allow the jar to sit for three days.

3 - Remove the egg from the vinegar. The eggshell will be gone, leaving a thin membrane around the egg. The egg will feel very rubbery.

4 - Try bouncing the egg on a table. This won't work if you throw the egg too forcefully or drop it from too great a height, but it will make small bounces.

Read more: How to Make a Rubber Egg as a Science Experiment | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4517729_egg-grea...

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Cathy - posted on 02/21/2013

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Jessica, how is the science fair project going? What project did she pick? I hope she is having fun with it.

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I am glad to hear you are working with your daughter. I have down syndrome step son that his mother never worked with. None of these projects would spark his interest nor he would learn from. He is now 22 and is a 3 to 4 year mind. I would do what ever your daughter is interested in doing. If it growing seeds or making rubber eggs. As long as she is proud of herself. Keep up the great work. Your daughter will go far with you working with her. From a proud step mom.

Marissa - posted on 01/24/2013

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I don't know if it's too late but Oobleck is a fun one to do! You can google the recipe. It's not a solid nor a liquid - it's both! Very fun to play with.

On a second note, WOW! I panicked when my daughter did her first science fair project as a 4th grader! Good luck!

Dawi - posted on 01/23/2013

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Homemade ice cream in a bag--chemistry

Easy, quick, can be interactive (pass around for shaking) and rewarding -yum!

Kristal - posted on 01/17/2013

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I won't complicate matters by giving my ideas, as there are so many fantastic ones posted here. What a sweet display of helpful moms! I just want to send you best wishes. My son is 2 and was diagnosed with Down Syndrome when he was about 8 months old. He is an angel, as I'm sure your little girl is too! May God bless and prosper you and your family abundantly!!

Shana'e - posted on 01/17/2013

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Have her make that GOOP stuff. It's fun (it's easy) & kids love it! Just google the ingredients (:

LeAnne - posted on 01/16/2013

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Place white carnation in colored water (water with a few drops of food coloring in it.) She can either show how the water is drawn up the stem with a drawing or predict which color will color the flower more. You can also do the same thing with celery it is just harder to see colors.

Rebecca - posted on 01/16/2013

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We did an apple test. for 7 days. we checked apples that were cut up and wrapped them in saran wrap, foil, baggie, wax paper and placed in fridge labeled day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , 6, 7..
Each day you unwrap the apples out of their corresponding day labels and observe, take a picture to document your findings. Smell, appearance, taste,etc. This is simple and fun. My daughter loved to eat the apples after unwrapping until she started getting further in the days and some were browning. LOL

Jenneil - posted on 01/16/2013

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Buy a stalk of celery with leaves on it. Place it leaf side up in a glass of water that you put some food coloring in. Then watch how the celery will drink up the water and change the color of the leaves.

Chris - posted on 01/15/2013

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M'n M's.....have 2-3 people pick out mms and determine the color more people choose over others

Rose - posted on 01/15/2013

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Swimming raisins. My daughter did this for her first science project and the kids loved watching the raisins "swimming" in the jar.

Susan - posted on 01/15/2013

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Hi Jessica,

This will be my second year being a Science Fair judge. The judges are really tired of seeing volcanoes trotted out - the comment last year from a judge was that if she saw another volcano she'd vomit :) That said, there are a lot of good ideas here. Check with her teacher about what your school/district is looking for in terms of her grade. We're asking for simple experiments - like the carnations in water with food coloring. The planets in a box, labeled rocks, ... wouldn't be counted as a project. She needs a hypothesis and something she can investigate - whether by doing a project or by doing research. My daughter was in first grade when she did a research project about how the woolly mammoth became extinct. If you need any help, please feel free to contact me at s s t e r i k o f f (at) g m a i l (dot) c o m and put Science Fair Question in the subject line.

Magan - posted on 01/15/2013

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Google preschool science projects or check Pinterest. I get a lot of ideas on there. Ivory soap in the microwave is neat, melting ice in oil, whit carnations in colored water.

Andi - posted on 01/15/2013

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What about adding salt to ice cubes to see if ice truly does melt faster with salt? My daughter and I did this with NO salt for one ice cube, 1/4 tsp. for the second ice cube, and 1/2 tsp. for the third. We did this twice and timed when the ice was no longer visible. You would have to use 3 bowls of the same content (material) and put this where the temperature is constant.

Good luck!

EF - posted on 01/15/2013

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How about oil floating on water, so she can see and explain that oil is lighter than water? You could use olive oil or another yellowish cooking oil in a clear container.

Susan - posted on 01/15/2013

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This is not a help. But when I saw Down Syndrome I wanted you to get in touch with a Rhema Church that Kenneth Hagin started you can check closest church on line. for my message to you.
.... As I under stand Down Syndrome............the Person was given an extra Y Chromosome. that is all.
Now if that is correct that Y Chromosome is an invader given at birth.. which attacks the body and debilitates it. So the Power in Jesus Christ with Healing in short says we have power over the birds of air and animals an fish and all things that crawl on the earth. With a Person of Faith that is able to Move a mountain They may call this mountain to be removed. Reason I say a Faith Person. I am such and my Ministry is centered in this area of body contaminant.
Take a Balloon blow up let go shows the power of a simple machine at work.
Susan

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2013

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When my brother was younger, my Mom and I helped him do a science fair project, "Why does popcorn pop?" We made a big poster board explaining the process and then we had little paper cups of popcorn to hand out to everyone. My brother LOVED the fact that he got to hand out popcorn and everyone thought his project was a hit!
Use an illustration sort of like this one:
http://researchthetopic.wikispaces.com/f...

Michele - posted on 01/15/2013

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something easy and fun have her combine 1 c corn starch and 1 c water to a cookie sheet. mix well and have her tap it easy to see it slpashes but have her slap it hard and it does not splash, ( make sure she mixes well before each use.

Holly - posted on 01/14/2013

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Grow 2 plants - sweet potatoes work quite well. One gets light, water, warm temps, the other gets light/dark, water/dry, cold/warm - as if it were outdoors. See which one does better - why? One left alone as in outdoors or the one tended to daily? I'm sure she can water a houseplant, and ignore the other one! I like sweet potatoes that hang on the rim of a mason-type jar by toothpicks in water - you can see the roots, when it needs water, and they grow fast. In 2 weeks you'll have a great experiment (real science tests hyposthesis) and it fits easily in a box that you can turn upside down to display the plants on, glue a quick paper to the box so when it's acting as a display (not carrying the plants to school) it will describe the experiment in just a few sentences. Good luck, and having fun is the most important thing!

Catherine - posted on 01/14/2013

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There is a project i do at church. All it takes is cornstarch and water. As long as u are are moving rhe stuff in ur hands it is like playdo. But stop moving and immediately changes into liquid. Just pick up the liquid and roll in ur hands and it is putty again.

Becky - posted on 01/14/2013

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Which kind of bread molds the fastest. Choose 4 or 5 different kinda of bread an either lay them out or leave them in plastic bags but take a picture each day :)

Nicole - posted on 01/14/2013

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How about a volcano? Build the base out of modeling clay, and use vinegar and baking soda, maybe a little red food coloring, and you have an oozing volcano. But if she is sensitive to the smell of vinegar, be careful with that.... Some are. It may need to be demonstrated outside. :D

Cathy - posted on 01/14/2013

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Check with her teacher on a project that would be appropriate and follow the science fair rules for your school. Some of the ideas listed are great demonstrations but in some of my kids schools wouldn't count as projects. So check with her teacher(s)! Good luck and I hope she has FUN!!

Judy - posted on 01/14/2013

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If you take an egg and soak it in vinegar for three days the shell will melt and leave the egg undamaged. Just take a glass jar and carefully put in an egg carefully enough to not damage the shell. Then fill the jar with white vinegar and close the lid. Just leave it somewhere that you can see it and three days later the shell will have melted. Fair warning though: If you open the jar after the three days are over, it will be quite smelly.

Adria - posted on 01/14/2013

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Jessica, Here's one that will be fun for both of you and help with different skills.

Get a red cabbage. As much as she is able have her help cut it, then put it in a pan of water to boil. It will make the water red. Once you have a quantity of nice red water let it cool.

Then get different products (safe) from around the kitchen/house. Things like baking soda, vinegar, salt, sugar, mouthwash, etc. You want dry or liquid not solid.

Explain that some of these things will change the water from red to clear ask her to predict what will happen for each product and then write those down. Once the water is cool, pour a bit into a clear glass. Help her to add some of the product and see what happens. Record the reaction.

We did this with our (then) kindergartener and even recorded her work with photos. We helped her create a chart of the hypotheses (predictions for those unfamiliar with scientific words) and outcomes and put the photos on a large poster.

Have fun with this - you can even mix products to add and see what happens!

Deanna - posted on 01/13/2013

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Wrap modeling clay around a film canister to make a volcano. The add a tablespoon of hot water and drop in an alkaseltzer tablet and watch it explode. My Beavers love this experiment.

Opal - posted on 01/13/2013

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This was found on the following URL: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/kindergar...

This is Experiment #3
Material Required

* Balloon
* Woolen sweater
* Piece of paper

Procedure
This can be a part of kindergarten science fair experiments, as it is interesting and easy to perform. Blow a balloon with air and tie a knot on top of it so that the air does not come out of it. You can also use a thread to close the mouth. Now rub this balloon on a woolen sweater and then bring it near a piece of paper.

Observation and Conclusion
The piece of paper will stick to the balloon. The reason behind this is, when the balloon is rubbed on the woolen sweater it gets charged up and develops magnetic properties. This makes the paper attracted towards the balloon. Instead of paper if you use any light weight material that will also be lifted up by the balloon. The force applied is known as static electricity.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/kindergar...

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I hope this helps! I also have a little "angel' who is in Kindergarten (my son's name is Jeremiah) who is doing very well. Congratulations to your daughter for being all in for her first science project. And kudos to mom for advocating for inclusion! Best to you both! :)

Kendra - posted on 01/13/2013

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Sugar crystal

Boil 3 cup of water. Add 2 cup of sugar. Tie a string to a pencil. Pour mix in a jar after it has cooled. Dip string into it. Let her use a camera to take pictures of it every day to document the progress

Julie - posted on 01/13/2013

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Discover what happens when u put water with a bit of food colouring by dropper onto a plate covered with baking soda...it makes small eruptions!!

Sheila - posted on 01/13/2013

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You can have a fun simple project using either celery or carnations (white ones) and have her add food coloring to the water at different strenghts and record each day the change in the flowers or celery in intenstity of color in each of them. Its a really easy project and ALOT of fun. hope she has a great time no matter what project she chooses to share.

Catherine - posted on 01/13/2013

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Hi. I used to teach Kindergarten and now have one of my own. I am now a stay at home Mom to another precious girl at 16 months old who has Downs. Your post caught my eye and spoke to my heart. A few years ago, I used to do "The Celery Project" with my Kinders. It is fun and simple and I hope you and your precious one enjoy the journey of this project together :)

http://www.ehow.com/info_12026750_scienc...

Lisa - posted on 01/13/2013

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You can do a plant amd the veriable is put one in the datk and one in the light. I put a box over one plant and left the other one outside

Donna - posted on 01/13/2013

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A simple will it float or sink experiment is easy. Kids love any water experiments. Good luck!!

DEBRA - posted on 01/13/2013

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How about does showing a funny picture make you smile? Then you can form age groups with several in each and show them the picture to see what their reaction is. You can have a hypothesis of the end results, the tests and the end results. It is easy and fun. It could also be a picture of a cute animal instead.

Amy - posted on 01/13/2013

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She could easily make ooblek, which is a mixture of corn starch and water. It makes a solid gel type mixture that can briefly support weight, but if you try to pick it up it "melts" into a liquid. Its quick and eady, and fun! A 1/2 cup of corn starch to 1/4 cup water I think, makes a good consistency, but you can mess with the amounts to see what she likes to handle best. Food coloring makes it easy to see. After a while the water evaporates from the mix leaving just cornstarch again.

Alison - posted on 01/13/2013

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Just found this one.
Sun Power to Change Colors What will happen if you place colored construction paper in the sun?
Grade Levels:
K-3
The color of the paper will/will not change.
Materials:
Colored construction paper Pair of scissors
Procedure:
1. Place a piece of colored construction paper in a sunny place. 2. Place a pair of scissors on the paper.
3. Leave the paper and scissors undisturbed for two days.
4. Remove the scissors and observe the paper.
Analysis and Conclusion:
Did the sun’s energy change the color of the paper? How could you tell?

Christy - posted on 01/13/2013

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You could get some white flowers and put them into water with food coloring added. It shows how the stem pulls up water from its roots to feed the petals, and turns part of the petals the color of the water.

Lee - posted on 01/11/2013

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Putting colored water in a jar (food coloring) and as white carnation to show how plants drink water.

Growing an amarilis bulb in a container - they grow as much as an inch a day during some of their growth period.

Theresa - posted on 01/11/2013

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What interests your daughter. She will learn more about something that she's already interested in and may make the presentation part easier. Volcano out of vinegar and baking soda, labeled rock collection, color mixing, history of purses......

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what about making a volcano? get an empty fizzy drink bottle (about 500ml). Then make the volcano using playdough (or similar) round the bottle on a tray (or similar). Then make up a solution so that the volcano can 'erupt'. You can find lots of 'mixture' recipes on the internet, but here's one to get you started: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/scie...

Joyce - posted on 01/10/2013

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Easy science project for anyone. Take a raw egg that has been taken out of the shell. Take a plastic water bottle such as arrowhead brand or any empty water bottle that is easy to squeeze. Remove the cap from the bottle and squeeze the bottle turn it upside down over the egg and slowly unsqueeze the bottle and allow the bottle to touch the egg yoke and suck the egg yolk into the bottle. THIS is a great way to separate the yolk from the egg white. Its easy and its not messy....unless you you drop the egg of course!

Rachel - posted on 01/10/2013

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Add a few drops of food coloring to water and then use and icecube tray and freeze it. Take pictures of her painting with her ice cubes. Display her painting and pictures of her working on her project.

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