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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Doing & Learning
Pop, Sizzle, Boom!

Pop, Sizzle, Boom!

Fall 2017 Doing & Learning
Ages: 5 - 12 yrs.
Author: Amy Oyler
Illustrator: Amanda Brack
Publisher: Macmillan USA
ISBN: 9781250092823
Hardcover Price: $14.99

Some kids have a scientific bent, some don't. But what kid isn't at least a little curious about easy-to-make things that get messy, explode, smell bad, fizz up or fly? That describes just a fraction of the 101 experiments found in this straight-forward collection of scientific experiments any child can do.

With a new experiment every two or three pages, the book provides detailed explanations of not only how to do the experiment but also the science behind it. And many of the experiments offer a "Take It Further" ending, giving young readers additional information, ways to alter procedures and ingredients to get different results.

Some of these experiments are easy enough that preschoolers, with parents' help and supervision of course, can do. Kids trying the "Dish of Dancing Rainbows!" experiment, for example, pour whole milk on a dinner plate, add drops of food colorings, and gently stir with a cotton swab soaked in dish soap to create dancing and swirling colors. As most do, this experiment explains what is happening, and suggests variations. Another easy one is "Build a Marble Run," using poster board, toilet paper and paper towel tubes, duct tape, and other common household items, to build a runway course for your marble. "Color Changing Explosions" uses the old baking soda and vinegar fountain idea with added chopped red cabbage for some dramatic effects.

Some of the experiments here are tried but true, like making crystals, the egg in a bottle, and static electricity projects. But none of this gets old for youngsters. This book is great for kids who love science, and may be just what the kid who doesn't could use.

Don Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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