As much as I love Pinterest, it can be time consuming to sort through all of the boards and pins and blog posts to find experiments to try. By the time I find them, I’m done! I don’t want to experiment anymore!
So, that’s when I turn to my trusty collection of books to look for experiments.
Here are my five favorite books on my shelf!
This book is chocked full of truly simple science experiments, most of which only require basic supplies already floating around your house (like a bottle and wad of paper, for instance). It’s the perfect book to grab when you’re faced with a chorus of “I’M BORED!” this summer.
Bonus: Grab “365 MORE Simple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials” when you work your way through the first 365!
No, this isn’t a cookbook, exactly. But it is full of exciting projects that will entertain the youngest and oldest scientists at your house with “ingredients” found in your kitchen. The safety moms among us will enjoy her safety tips and attention to detail throughout the book.
Can’t Miss Experiments:
Pizza Box Solar Oven
Who could resist a title like that, right? If there’s anything that can engage an uninterested young scientist, it’s promise of irresponsibility and daring adventure. This book delivers with a lot of fun explosions and messes, best intended for an outdoor setting. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted experimenters (potato guns, Frankenstein hands, homemade lightning, and more)… which is precisely what we love about this book!
On a side note, the book is really aesthetically pleasing too. It doesn’t look or feel like a science book, which makes it all the more appealing for your hesitant scientists.
Admittedly, I am the science experiment nerd of this household, with my husband being the nature/conservation nerd, so I wasn’t sold when I looked at the title of this book. However, it is really well written to engage a wide range of ages, not insulting anyone’s intelligence, but still presenting the science in understandable terms for kids.
This book will have your scientists doing everything from polishing pennies to making straw balloon rocket blasters. With only 30 experiments in the book, they’re all well detailed, with color photos to help guide you through the process.
I love this book on simple machines for many reasons, but especially because it’s a topic usually ignored for the more glamorous chemistry-based reactions. Just like in the movies, the explosions get all the attention!
The six simple machines are made equally thrilling here, with fun projects and detailed explanations to really show their worth!
Have you used any of these books with your families? Have other favorites? Let me know in the comments! I always love book suggestions.
Now, go forward, read, and experiment!