When you’re growing up you are oblivious to life and responsibilities as an adult. As a kid, you’re parents take you to school and you do what you are told to stay out of trouble. Some of us of course hated doing these projects, but since the entire classroom is also doing these things it can’t hurt to tag along and show everyone what you are made of. It’s a chance at doing something independently for once (though there are some group projects). It’s also better than getting an F.
Now, I’m sure it may seem like all/most of these kids truly enjoy doing these activities, but most of them do not enjoy it. Next time you observe this, try finding out how many of these kids are happy, smiling, laughing, etc… while doing the project, and then find how many of them are just staring into space, being sloppy, crying, pouting, etc… The truth is that deep down most kids weren’t interested in these things, but they did it because they wanted to fit in, were peer pressured, needed to get a passing grade, and just get it over with.
I must say though, this will vary depending on the kids’ ages. The majority of the younger one’s will enjoy it more than the older ones.
I remember this one assignment from a 6th grade Art Class. “Without looking at your reflection, draw your self portrait”… haha… I love that one… NOT!