Science: It’s literally what makes the world go around. It’s behind every process that takes place in the universe. It’s seen and unseen, all around us, beyond us and even inside of us. And regardless of how advanced we become, no matter how much we achieve, some aspect of science will be just out of our reach. And therein lies its subtle beauty.
But that doesn’t mean we should stop trying to understand as much as we can about our natural world. Kids, by their very nature, are scientists at heart, always taking things apart to see how they work, always mixing weird kitchen products together to see what happens, always asking unanswerable questions. It’s our job to stir that curiosity.
There are countless products geared toward getting kids into science — from small kits to full-blown science labs in a box. But there aren’t many high-quality books available that allow your kids to do mount experiments using basic household items. We’ve all tried the baking soda volcano and various other vinegar-based explosions. But science is always changing, and kids can take in a wealth of information while having a blast (so to speak) experimenting.
Enter: Naked eggs
Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes: Unforgettable Experiments That Make Science Fun is one of the best science experiment books out there. Written by Steve Spangler (a celebrity science teacher), Unforgettable Experiments takes ordinary objects and combines them to form crazy-cool science experiments. Everything from egg folding to dry ice experiments to blowing things to bits is represented here, and all of it is given the loving touch of an expert who clearly enjoys teaching science. Full-color pictures and explanations accompany each experiment, making following along a breeze for kids and adults alike.
Whether your kids are making lava lamps out of soda bottles to learn about density, or shooting potatoes through the air to study pressure, they will be learning about science, and having a great time while doing it. I just wish someone would have shown me something like this when I was a kid. I would have loved to tell my parents I’m doing my homework while making things explode.
Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes is available at Steve Spangler Science.