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Experimenting with Science

By Lorrie Hansen

Would you like to perform a science experiment? After checking out these kid- and family-friendly books, my hypothesis is you and your family will have a great time learning about science together.

  • The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments

    2016 by Rachel Miller, Holly Homer, and Jamie Harrington

    You shouldn't judge a book by its cover--but this one glows-in-the-dark and it's awesome inside too. The playful investigations and eye-catching images combine with a concise format that allows young scientists to follow with ease. I especially appreciate the visuals at the top of each page that clearly indicate if adult supervision is required, the necessary safety precautions, and the level of mess that can be expected (0 = no mess; 5 = messy).

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  • Science Stunts : fun feats of physics

    2016 by Jordan Brown

    Let fictional physicist and magician Dr. Dazz guide you through 25 awesome experiments with the help of cartoon versions of science superstars Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei, and Sir Isaac Newton. While I hesitate to call them “stunts” as this book does, I appreciate the theatricality and amusing interpretations. This book is sure to appeal to the imaginations of our youngest scientists with great pictures and experiments interspersed throughout the story.

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  • Cola Fountains and Spattering Paint Bombs : 47 experiments to do at home

    2016 by Jesse Goossens

    Looking for serious science for your family that is also amusing and exciting? From “Dancing Raisins” to “Fireball Grapes,” and even an “Exploding Melon,” the ideas in this book will stimulate even the most reluctant spectator and transform them into an energetic enthusiast. While you’re enjoying the gorgeous illustrations and investigating the science behind these experiments, I encourage you to use your sense of humor while sounding out the words in each picture. SPROOSH! KA-BLAM!

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  • Junk Drawer Chemistry : 50 awesome experiments that don't cost a thing

    2016 by Bobby Mercer

    Having fun and exploring scientific principles with your family doesn't have to be expensive. This book challenges young scientists to check their junk drawers (and around the house) for simple science materials. Follow the illustrated steps to complete each experiment, then read a short summary explaining the science behind it. If you enjoy the 50 activities in this book and want to learn more, give Junk Drawer Physics a try!

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  • Diy Science

    2016 by Nick Arnold

    After you figure out What You Need, follow the simple steps under What You Do, read about What Happens, then check out What’s Next. If you are still curious, look for a Did You Know fact to learn more, or answer a multiple choice Quiz Question. Does this remind you of your school textbooks? It might, only if they are as bright, colorful, and visually engaging as this experiment book. Science wasn’t nearly as cool when I was in school.

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  • Maker Lab : 28 super cool projects

    2016 by Jack Challoner

    This book is a great resource for young (or youthful) scientists looking for hands-on ways to discover the wonders of basic science. Illustrated lists show what you need, straightforward explanations describe how each experiment works, and real world science examples explain each of the 28 concepts. Together they inspire the reader to build, invent, create, and discover.

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  • Oh, Ick! : 114 science experiments guaranteed to gross you out!

    2016 by Joy Masoff

    If I were a scientist, my lab would be filled with pleasant things, all organized and labeled in a neat and orderly fashion. Some people—kids and grown-ups alike—prefer a messier approach and like to examine things that are downright icky. If gross sounds good to you then I encourage you to try the ick-speriments, ick-tivitites, and ick-splorations in this book while I go disinfect my workspace!

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