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Tagsearly elementary, preschooler, tween
We found ourselves feeling a pang of nostalgia when we stumbled onto this item, which looks and reads more than a little bit like the you-can-do-science-at-home books we read during our own childhoods in the 70s and 80s. There’s something familiar about the black-and-white line drawings, and it’s a good sort of familiar, like a well-worn lab coat you put aside in fall, then put back on in spring only to discover that there’s a forgotten 20 dollar bill in the pocket.
If the drawings don’t take you back, the experiments will; there’s a lot of familiar stuff here, like writing with invisible ink, making your own paint, and finding secret blue pictures through the use of a red filter. Think of these experiments as time-tested; the lessons they teach regarding thermal response, color theory, and light refraction are as valid and important to developing scientists today as they were thirty years ago.
Written for children aged 4 and up, this book clocks in at 144 pages, and there’s an experiment on nearly every leaf, for 70+ science activities, more than enough to fill up a whole semester with enjoyable after-school science projects.