Science Play! : Beginning Discoveries for 2-To 6-Year-Olds - Jill Frankel Hauser

Science Play! is a great first science book for your preschooler. My three year old initially asked where the stories were in this book. After getting over the fact that there weren't stories in every book, it quickly became a favorite when he realized that we'd get to actually participate in similar adventures to those the kids in the Magic School Bus series get to delve into via the suggestions in Science Play!. It isn't just for preschoolers though. Kids up to about the age of eight should enjoy (and learn from) the activities.

The projects the book outlines provide excellent ways to teach your kids the scientific method. Looking, asking, guessing, testing, and finding out are the key elements to the fun activities. You won't even need to head to a store to buy instruments or materials for most of the projects.

Sections of the activities include "Here's What You Need" and "Read It". The former makes it easy to set up and run the project or experiment and the latter suggests several books to read if you and your child want to more fully explore an area.

The illustrations and blurbs within the activity descriptions will make the book fun for kids too. In other words, it isn't just a book for parents to read and then dictate to the child what will be done. The fun will be had in the joint planning and execution of the learning experiences.

from the publisher:
Slosh, stir, stand on one foot, or just quietly observe. Whatever their learning style, kids are certain to have fun with these innovative, involving activities--all created to build science readiness. Contains sixty-five activities that introduce readers to scientific exploration, including such subjects as weather, soil science, plants, color, and light.

Whether categorizing floaters and sinkers or taking a wide-eyed science safari, kids will discover science all around them--biology in the backyard, chemistry in the kitchen, and physics in the block pile!

Jill Hauser is the author of Gizmos & Gadgets, Super Science Concoctions, Kids' Crazy Art Concoctions, and Growing Up Reading. She is a kindergarten teacher in Redding, California, where she lives with her family.

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