Extreme Garage Science for Kids

Title: Extreme Garage Science for Kids
Authors: James & Joanna Orgill
Illustrator: Mara Harris
Publisher: Familius
ISBN: 978-1-64170-120-4

“This exciting collection of 30 experiments will be stimulating for budding young scientists as well as seasoned veterans to explore and master,” the back jacket states in James and Joanna Orgill’s children’s book, Extreme Garage Science for Kids.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-forty-four-page paperback targets children ten to twelve years old who want to learn about science through hands-on projects. With no scary scenes but colorful illustrations and photographs, there are thirty explained science projects taken from the popular The Action Lab channel on YouTube.

This is a step-by-step tutorial collection of many fun projects to do at home with young children. After a table of contents and introduction, there are thirty experiments that cover two to four pages each, ending with the authors’ biography and Familius information.

The projects range from Drawing on Water, Helping Sugar Burn, and Bouncing Batteries to Superglue Underwater, Butterfly Coins, and Skittles Waterfall to name a few. Each experiment usually has a description, supplies needed, numerical steps, explanation of what is going on, a closer look, and a fun fact or bonus.

~ Why ~
With two Ph.D. chemists in our family and a young grandson, this book is ideal for learning about the science around us. I appreciate the projects are mostly done with common household supplies. I like the layout of each chapter with graph paper and bright yellow backgrounds, fun illustrations, and color photographs.

One of my favorites was Experiment 9: Taking the Color Out of Strawberries. By putting strawberries in a glass jar or cup of bleach while wearing rubber gloves, the fruit turns white in a twenty-four hour period due to a chemical reaction.

~ Why Not ~
Those who have no interest in science may not like this book or want to take the time to do any of the experiments. All the projects have adults featured in the photos, not children.

~ Wish ~
I wish the time to do the projects were listed to help those doing it.

~ Want ~
If your fourth- to sixth-grader is fascinated in science and wants to learn more of the “why and how” things work, this is an entertaining yet educational book.

Thanks to Familius and the authors for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2YCg5hP

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