During the first 18 years of life, children grow and change significantly. Because of this rapid growth and the impact that it has, many elect to study this period of change. If you are seeking a child development project option that allows you to both show your understanding of the ways in which children change during this period and exercise your creativity, select an original and uncommon project option, making your resulting project likely more engaging and entertaining for all to view.
Child Development Informational Video
Exercise your cinematography skills by creating a child development video. In your video, outline the major changes, both physical and mental, that children experience during the first years of life. Give advice to parents in this video, informing them of the milestones that they should look for their children to reach and telling them what they should do should their children fail to hit these markers. Your resulting video will not only show what you know but also likely will prove a useful resource to viewers.
Child Development Survey
Instead of just relying upon texts when studying child development, do some field research by creating and administering a child development survey. Create several versions of this survey, making one for each major age range. Ask parents to state when their children started walking, how many words they could speak by the age of two and so forth. Use the results of your survey to create a display in which you report your findings with the aid of charts and graphs.
Child Development Photo Essay
Make your child development project a photo-rich one by creating a child development photo essay. Gather images of children in various stages of development, seeking specifically images that illustrate a new skill that the child developed or a new step along the growth process, such as his ability to walk instead of crawl. Combine these images into an essay, placing them in a book or on a poster and adding captions to explain what each image is showing.
Child-Created Product Comparison
Show the differences in children of various ages by comparing products created by children. Seek volunteers to have their children create drawings, write words or paint pictures. Place these works next to each other by age, comparing them and using them to illustrate developments in eye-hand coordination or similar advancements.
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