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The Way Things Work [DVD]

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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: rydale enterprises
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 339 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A8NZ04
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,842 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

based on the book 'the way things work' by david macaulay, published by dorling kindersley

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Utterly Brilliant 25 Oct 2006
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These animated dvds are educational without being at all boring. The fundamental principles of physics are taught in a way that even very little children find absorbing and understandable. My 3 and 5 year old boys can be monkeying around and being very hyper one minute, and then sit awestruck and very engrossed watching one of these DVD's.

My five year old really does absorb the scientific principles The Way Things Work aims to teach - I know this because he will apply some of them in his play with lego, traintrack building, and so on and also he will astound me by relaying a principle he has learnt in our casual conversations.

The DVD's are superbly animated, and not at all americanized or patronizing, I would say this double DVD set has appeal for all ages - even my wife and I like watching them. We also have the book, which is a really useful reference book for schooled or home-educated kids alike, and indeed for the whole family!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic - fun and very educational 21 Jan 2010
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my older kids watched this years ago when the bbc still made morning education programmes and really liked it. I recently bought my youngest son 6 (now 7) the way things work book and remembered about this Tv series so I was absolutely delighted to be able to buy it on DVD. You get 26 fifteen minute episodes of an animated series - great for watching in small chunks. The series is about a group of islanders who live on a rural, basic agricultural island and also have a huge herd of mammoths to contend with. They also have a very clever(Posh) middle aged bloke who comes up with all sorts of ideas to solve their problems e.g. how to get the mammoths washed or how to have a funfair. While doing these things the scientific principles behind them are demonstrated from basic levers and inclined planes, wheels and axels. pulleys, screws, through to electricity and telecommunications. Great stuff! My older children still watch along with the youngest and when some of them originally saw it they were quite young 3 or 4 - so it does appeal to a wide age range.It also has a really catchy theme tune.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Science 9 May 2009
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This product gives an EASY basic understanding of 'How things work' drawing in the child to hopefully pursue an interest.
My two were riveted! User friendly presentation, and amusing too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and informative 14 Oct 2009
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This 2 disc set covers basic science and engineering concepts. Topics covered are: inclined planes, levers, wheels & axels, belts & gears, screws, pulleys, floating, sinking, magnets, steam power, engines, pumping, flying, light, ballooning, heating, cooling, sound, photos & images,friction, springs, music, pressure, electricity, sensors & detectors, telecommunications.

What I liked most about this, is the animation allows kids to "see" a moving example of how things work rather than just having it explained in text. My two girls aged 7 and almost 6 are very keen on this DVD, and for some reason, especially the episode about electro-magnets.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, well-animated and educational series 23 Aug 2009
Absolutely brilliant-we remember this from when it was first aired in 2001, so were happy to buy it on DVD. Right choice-it's great. It's superbly animated, following the adventures of the residents of Mammoth Island; of course laced with plenty of slapstick, and actually very well written scripts. The explanations of the machines themselves are bright, colourful and, more importantly, larger than everything else on the screen, making it easy to understand for the younger viewer. Another great feature is the fact that it includes all 26 episodes (that is, every single one-it was a very short-lived programme; we don't know why...) and of course, not forgetting the incredibly catchy theme tune. Trust me, it'll be in your head for weeks.

Pros: + Superbly animated

+ Easy to understand

+ Provides basic but fun explanation

+ Great humour

+ Worth watching again... and again.... and again.

+ The facts will actually stay in you and your kid's heads, rather than the old in one ear, out the other routine.


Cons: - Ummmm.... can't think of any.

All in all, an essential purchase if either you or your kids just wants to know... well, The Way Things Work.

One thing I will say, though, is that: DO NOT BUY IF YOU ARE VERY EMOTIONALLY ATTATCHED TO WOOLLY MAMMOTHS. THEY ARE CONSTANTLY ABUSED IN THIS. other than that, buy it. Now. You'll be doing yourself a favour.
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