In my experience, kids school holiday projects usually develop along these lines.
Child is set project for the holidays.
Parent's heart sinks, but hides true feelings behind rigid mask of enthusiastic support. Child has idea for project. Idea becomes more and more inflated (large/expensive/intellectually challenging). Parent knows the huge idea is doomed to failure and suggests a smaller scale. Child gets the hump because parent is being negative and throws a wobbly. Project becomes taboo subject. Holiday moves onwards. Parent in a state of vague anxiety about project, child appears oblivious. Eventually parent cracks and tentatively raises the subject of the project again. Child has totally different idea to the one that it had in the first place and the cycle potentially begins again until the very end of the holiday when the parent throws a wobbly and the child completes something in the remaining time, with the minimum of effort and a certain amount of bad grace.
Or maybe that's just how it goes round here. Can you tell I am not an enthusiastic supporter of the holiday project?
So when Johnny turned up at the end of last term with a sheet requesting a 3D science model on the theme of Space, my heart sank.
But this time I had to eat my words, because we had a great time with it! Who knew a papier mache and polyfilla moon model could be such a bonding experience? Here it is, in orbit on our washing line.
Turns out that space had a lot of lessons to teach me this month. Because I also read and loved Chris Hadfield's 'An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth'. You know him - the guy who made all those compelling videos from the ISS? I don't think he'd be filled with trepidation at the thought of a school holiday project.