Monday, June 3, 2013

Experiments and Activities to Help Kids Learn Throughout the Summer Break

Bangs and Twangs: Science Fun with Sound by Vicki Cobb

A character named V.C. (who looks very much like the author Vicki Cobb) and her sidekick Igor take readers on a cartoon adventure complete with fun experiments. Along the way, Igor gets to crawl through an ear canal, sing in the opera and get dizzy on a rotating record, all in the name of learning about the physics of sound waves.
Smash It! Crash It! Launch It! 50 Mind-Blowing Eye-Popping Science Experiments by Rain Newcomb

Crash, boom, bang: destroy! There's nothing children love more than the satisfying smashing and bashing of things being demolished. They always do it for sheer amusement; now they can do it in the name of science. And they'll enjoy it so much  that they won't even think they're learning physics as they're wrecking stuff. Just imagine the expression on kids' faces as they watch a microwaved marshmallow grow bigger…and bigger: up to four times its size. Will it blow up? 

Think of the delight as they power cardboard racecars with ordinary balloons or launch homemade rockets. All the scientific terms are explained in language that children will both understand and appreciate--and the safety precautions make sure the science stays fun and worry-free.

Measurement Mania: Games and Activities That Make Math Easy and Fun by Lynette Long

Brimming with fun and educational games and activities, the Magical Math series provides everything you need to know to become a master of mathematics! In each of these books, Lynette Long uses her own unique style to help you truly understand mathematical concepts as you play with everyday objects such as playing cards, dice, coins, and paper and pencil. 

Inside Measurement Mania, you'll learn to take the mystery out of mea-surement! Once you've mastered the basic forms of measurement--length, volume, weight, temperature, and time--you'll learn how to measure the length of an ant in millimeters, the height of a telephone pole in feet, the volume of a bathtub in ounces, the weight of one spaghetti noodle in grams, and the temperature inside a refrigerator in Celsius.You'll discover how to tell time with a candle, create optical illusions, and measure the tallest tree in your neighborhood without climbing an inch!