Mike Adamick (San Francisco, CA) is the author of Dad's Book of Awesome Projects (Adams Media, 2013) and a stay-at-home dad who writes for the Adventures in Learning science blog at PBS.org, The San Francisco Chronicle, KQED Radio, Disney's parenting website, Babble.com, and the Daddy Issues column on Jezebel.com. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, McSweeney's, Details magazine, The New York Observer, NPR, and other media outlets.
I received this book from Adams Media so that I could give you my honest opinion of it. :) It's science.. I love science. :) My son is nine, and we have done a lot of the experiments in this book already, there's a few that he hasn't so I been giving him the book as saying, which one would you like to do?
I have to admit, that at age nine, if it doesn't explode or shoot off sparks or do something flashy, he's kinda like.. Oh, that interesting, but that's about as far as it goes. :) (sorry, that's just where's he's at right now). But he did manage to find a few that he was interested in. Here is one we did today. In this experiment he was to see if he could get a balloon to expand in hot water, and then see what would happen in cold water. He did it and said "meh", and then thought he'd punch it up a bit.. so he tried a few different things with it until he was done trying them out. :) It was a good morning.
BUT that is what I like with this book. It encourages children to simply try different things if they didn't like how it turned out, or it didn't work in the first place. Just try. Be safe, but try it out.
You the the following
- 30 inventive science experiments.
- six main chapters:
- have fun
- chemistry (6 experiments)
- biology (6 experiments)
- Physics (9 experiments)
- Planet Earth (4 experiments)
- Human Body (5 experiments)
Product: book, Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments.
Author: Mike Adamick
Publisher: Adams Media
Price: $18.99 US
though currently it's a lower price at Amazon.ca. :)