My little boys and I love this book! At first I was a little dubious as the book itself is fairly small and I wondered how on earth they could have crammed 50 interesting and meaningful science projects in here. However, I was proved wrong. Whilst the "science things to make and do" in this book are not ground breaking, they are very interesting for young children and are usually performed with things that are easily available within the home.
Most of the experiments/activities are quite short and so are well within the attention span of little ones which is great. There's nothing worse than starting out on an interesting project, only to find that it takes too long and the kids have all wandered off halfway through!! As I already mentioned, most of the things to do are pretty simple, but they do introduce a lot of very interesting scientific topics - just a few of which are: sound vibrations; magnetism; static electricity; friction and gravity. Obviously, depending upon the age of the child and how interested they are in what you are doing, you can then go off and explore these topics further. A few of these little experiments have really gripped my sons' imaginations and we've found ourselves delving a bit deeper into those topics. I would imagine that this book is ideal for children from about 4 to 10 years of age.
The book itself is ringbound with a very tough cover and thick pages - so should stand up well to being used by children.
So, if you secretly fancy making a hovering butterfly, a foaming monster or a pinhole projector - amongst lots of other things - then this could well be the book for you. It provides something a little bit different to do on those, (many), rainy days and there's a good chance that the kids will be learning, as well as having fun. What more could you want?!