Big Science for Little People: 52 Activities to Help You & Your Child Discover the Wonders of Science

Big Science for Little People: 52 Activities to Help You & Your Child Discover the Wonders of Science

by Lynn Brunelle

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Overview

Make your child's first forays into science fun! 52 clever and easy experiments for things that will zip, zoom, and fly, and fizz, bubble, and burst.  For children ages 4 to 8.

Introduce future engineers, inventors, naturalists, and artists to the physics and chemistry, biology and ecology behind everyday play. Create chemical reactions, explore gravity and friction, transform states of matter, play with air pressure, and much more through 52 simple experiments that zip and zoom, fly and fizz, bubble and burst. Geek mom Lynn Brunelle has created an interactive guide perfect for both kids and their parents: the projects will engage children, and the informative lessons will help parents when asked the inevitable question, why? 

The projects include: 
1. The Exploding Lunch Bag: Will you get out of the way before the vinegar and baking soda react with a fizzy burst? 
2. Seed Hunt: Seek out whirly, sticky, and smooth seeds for a science-filled outdoor adventure! 
3. The Marshmallow Launcher: Harness energy to fling sugary treats in the name of science. 
4. And many more!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611803501
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 205,839
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.45(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

A four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy, Lynn Brunelle has over 25 years experience writing for people of all ages, across all manner of media. Previously a classroom science, English and art teacher for kids K-12, an editor, illustrator, and award-winning author of over 45 titles, (Pop Bottle Science, Camp Out! World Almanac Puzzler Decks, Mama’s Little Book of Tricks) Lynn has created, developed and written projects for Chronicle, Workman, National Geographic, Scholastic, Random House, Penguin, A&E, The Discovery Channel, Disney, ABC TV, NBC, NPR, The Annenburg Foundation, World Almanac, Cranium and PBS.
 
A regular contributor to NBC’s New Day Northwest TV as a family science guru, Martha Stewart Radio as a family activity consultant and a contributor to NPR's Science Friday, she is the creator of the Mama Gone Geek blog and Tabletop Science—videos that make science fun and accessible. She has also written for several children’s and parenting magazines.

She has won four Telly Awards and two CINE awards for her music videos which range in topics from bullying prevention, child protection and the adolescent brain for international curriculums through Committee for Children, to independent projects encouraging science literacy and STEAM.

Her latest book, a memoir called Mama Gone Geek, was released in 2014 and won the Independent Publishing Award Gold Medal.

Read an Excerpt

INTRODUCTION

I'll let you in on a secret. I am a geek. (Maybe it's not a huge secret.) But more than that, I love being a geek! To me, being a geek means having an unabashed enthusiasm for learning,
wondering, and questioning. It means allowing myself to be passionate about the hows, the whys, and the whats. I am drawn to anything that has the slightest whiff of wonder. There's a LOT of wonder in science!
As a mom with a deep passion for science, I know that when the kids' imaginations get hooked they become curious, and then they start asking the big questions: What is that? How does it work? Why does that happen? As a Geek Mama, I know that when that happens, a scientist is born.
Science is a glorious way to play and learn. Children are natural born scientists already. Every day their playing and exploration and discovery deepen their understanding of the world around them. They approach the world with great curiosity and imagination. Hands-on explorations help them to separate reality from fantasy. They ask questions, they make observations, they gather information, and they compare data and identify patterns without the help of any textbook. What we do as parents is to offer them the world of the science lab. We get them to describe and discuss their adventures and observations and to form explanations. This is science!
As a parent there is nothing more fun than watching your kids delight in something with wide-eyed amazement. And, as a kid, there is nothing more fun than making something bubble, fizz, explode, or do something surprising. This book is a celebration of this sort of joy, with a very simple premise: when you invite children to explore ordinary materials through a scientific lens, they get an up-close look at the astonishing and mind-expanding way that things work. And, it's fun!
Between the covers of this book lies a world of potions, fizzy mixtures, mini explosions, and really fun and accessible science activities. Here are the building blocks for a budding interest in physics, biology, chemistry, and (gasp!) math. This hook is just as much fun for you as it is for your kids. Tap into that inner geek of yours—it's there—and let yourself wonder right along with the kids. Delight in Exploding Sidewalk Chalk and Pop Stick Explosions. Be mystified by a Mobius strip. Make paper buzz and balloons scream. Turn the garden hose into a tuba and a straw into an oboe.
All of the experiments here are more than just fun, too. They're about real science—exploring, observing, and experimenting. Kids will dabble in the physical forces that keep our universe in motion. The activities presented here are easy, and the concepts are accessible. There are suggestions for taking the activity further, and sidebars and boxes explain the technical stuff. Whether or not the kids want to get technical, at least you'll know why bubbles aren't square, how airplanes fly, and why baking soda and vinegar explode. Once you know, you'll want to share. And so will they.
I've divided the activities into two major sections: those you can do inside—at the kitchen counter, in the bathtub, or at the table—and those you might want to do outside—in the yard, at the playground, on the sidewalk, or anywhere you can make a mess. With these 52 easy-to-do science activities, projects, explorations, and experiments, I give you the moon and the sun and the permission to wonder, to make a mess, to laugh out loud and be amazed,
Science is SO COOL! You'll see.

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