My 11 year old son is bringing his 11 year old catapult project to school today. It looks like an 11 year old project. He will be judged against catapult projects done by mostly men in their 40's. Those kids whose dads did the project will get the ribbon. And the better grade. But really...even an 11 year old kid realizes that ribbon is a meaningless piece of material. On par with participation trophies parents buy for their kids for just being on a rec soccer team. It doesn't do any good to anyone to do your kids science project! My 8 kids have suffered through science fairs, history contests, etc because they did those projects themselves. In second grade when the class project was in the hall the art work the moms did was beautiful. Meanwhile my kids project was made from construction paper and the letters sometimes went downhill. Wasn't ever a comparison between whose project was better. But....by the time 9th grade comes my kids know how to do a project independently and theirs is the best on display. That ribbon they get, they earned...and they know it! By the time they get to college they are ready. I am telling you from the voice of experience do not do your child's work! You hurt them more than help them! Being given a prize or an A they didn't earn does NOT promote self esteem..it has the opposite effect; it detracts from their self worth. Of course you have to buy supplies and help a little bit..like the title can't be misspelled, but the rest is up to them. Teach them how to fish!
They will thank you later!