Book Review! Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments
Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments: From Boiling Ice and Exploding Soap to Erupting Volcanoes and Launching Rockets, 30 Inventive Experiments to Excite the Whole Family! -by Mike Adamick
First off, let me just say that as a SAHD (stay at home dad) I’m constantly on the lookout for stuff to do with my sons. Sure, getting on the floor and playing blocks and superheroes is great, but they just aren’t the same as getting ‘hands on’ with your crafts. So, doing what most parents do, I jumped on the interwebs! And I found that weaving through Pinterest was clumsy at best. You click the pin, go to a site, then most times you realize you have to click through again to get to the actual site with the project on it. And, often, that’s the only project listed on said site. It’s time-consuming and clunky.
Then, Mr. Adamick, wrote a book that made me burn with envy “Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects: From Stilts and Super-Hero Capes to Tinker Boxes and Seesaws, 25+ Fun Do-It-Yourself Projects for Families”. Why? Because it was the book, I wanted to write…but hadn’t. Then, I got the notification that there would be a follow-up book and I thought, “What else do we need? What is he going to build? An internal combustion engine out of tinfoil and rubberbands?”
I was excited to hear it was going to be about science! My son is turning 5 this summer, and he is SO curious about how the world works and WHY it works the way it does. And, we spend a lot of time on google looking for neat projects. Google no longer! This book is it. It’s just as awesome as the first one. Included with each experiment, is an explanation of the science behind what’s happening that doesn’t talk down to parents nor does it speak over anyone’s head. SCORE!
There are a ton of pictures to let your kids peruse through the book and say, “I want to do THAT one!” So far, I’ve only had to make a trip to the store for supplies once. (Because I don’t drink Diet Coke, and my son DESPERATELY wanted to make a rocket!) Most of the items for the experiments are either readily available at home, or can be picked up at the grocery store (or local big box store). I like that.
There is nothing worse than coming across something cool to do online only to discover that I need to gather up a long list of obscure items to make said cool thing happen. And if you’re browsing with your kids, they get excited only to be let down when they find out that you need 3 pounds of industrial strength glitter and a high powered fan to make it work. Add to that, THIS IS EDUCATIONAL!
I like to set up one experiment a week to do with my sons. This allows them to take part in making sure we get all of the items we need to make it work. This gives them a sense of ownership of the experiment. It also teaches them important things like planning things in advance! In every experiment, Mike has made sure to include steps that almost any kid can do. In doing this, it makes sure the kids are part of the action and not just bystanders. They are ACTUALLY DOING SCIENCE! (My son’s words.) Plus, it helps teach teamwork.
The only problem I have with this book is, that I didn’t think of it first. Father’s Day is coming up…you might want to put this on the short-list of awesome things to get.
Moms: This is better than a tie.
Kids: This is WAY better than a tie!
Dads: Do you really want another tie?
What are you waiting for? Buy this book!
This is an affiliate link. It will not change the price of the item you are purchasing. It won’t affect the author’s royalties. But, it will give me a small commission on any sale, and that helps pay for web hosting.FTC disclosure, I was provided this book for review by the author. That being said, the opinion within is mine and my sons’.