Project Ideas for Kids

“Katie loved building things, she loved collecting things and most of all she loved pancakes.”

  1. Collections  Katie collects things and keeps them in a big box in her room.  There are so many things you can collect, many of them for free. Start your own collection.  Rocks, stamps, seashells, little boxes… it could be anything.  Let your friends and family know what you want so that they can help you add to your collection.   Try drawing your collection.  Keep a log with a drawing of each item.  Write about your collection.  Photograph your collection.  Ask your teacher if you can bring your collection to school to share with your class.  Keep your eyes open for more opportunities to add to your collection. When she was in elementary school my daughter saved the empty tic tac boxes from Christmas day. After awhile she had a good number of tic tac boxes in her collection. She loved those boxes. 
  2. Construction Building things is so much fun!  Like Katie, lots of kids like to build things.  You don’t need a lot of money.  Just collect some empty boxes and paper rolls.  Toothpaste boxes, cereal boxes and soap boxes are all great for building creations from your imagination.  Ask your friends and family to save things for you.  After awhile you’ll have enough to start.  You’ll also need lots of masking tape.  Then all you do is start taping the boxes together until you have an amazing creation.  When you are finished you can even paint it if you like. What will you decide to build?
  3. Cooking  Do you love pancakes as much as Katie? You may not be allowed to use the stove or the oven but if you are old enough to read a recipe then you can measure and mix all the ingredients yourself.  Then have an adult help you with the hot stove or the oven if you need that.  Here are a couple of great pancake recipes you can try!

Extra Fluffy Pancakes

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1 cup milk

2 egg yolks

2 egg whites

In a medium bowl, mix flour and baking powder.  Stir in milk and egg yolk until smooth.

In a large glass or metal bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Fold 1/3 of the whites into the batter, then quickly fold in remaining egg whites until no streaks remain.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat.  Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.  Cook until pancakes are golden brown on both sides, serve hot.

Katie’s Perfect Pancakes

1 egg

1 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup milk

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 teaspoons of MAGIC baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat egg until fluffy.  Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth.  Grease heated griddle if necessary.  For each pancake pour about 3 tablespoons of batter from the tip of a large spoon.  Use a pancake told to make your pancakes perfectly round.  Cook pancakes until puffy and dry around the edges.  Flip and cook other side until golden brown.

For blueberry pancakes stir in 1/2 cup fresh blueberries.