Published by DK Children
Summary: 28 projects introduce kids of all ages to the fun of science and technology. The projects are divided into four sections: Food for Thought, Around the Home, Water World, and The Great Outdoors. Each activity gets a four-page description that includes colorful photos to take young scientists through each step. A “How It Works” sidebar explains the science behind each project; some also include “Real World Science” to connect with real life science or engineering. Glossary and index are included. 160 pages; grades 3-7.
Pros: While there are some tried-and-true projects (making slime, balloon rocket car), they are presented in a clear and interesting manner. There are also some quirkily interesting ones, such as making a baked Alaska and creatng models of the planets from rubber bands. Perfect for libraries starting a maker space or for kids who are interested in trying some science at home.
Cons: No time to think of any…I’m off to my kitchen to turn a lemon into a battery.