Cool Science Tricks: 50 Fantastic Feats for Kids of All Ages Hardcover – 4 Oct 2012
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perfect for school holidays --Good Book Guide, Dec issue
About the Author
Daniel Tatarsky's first book was Flick to Kick: An Illustrated History of Subbuteo. He is the author of the official biography of Dan Dare publishing this autumn, last in his series of books about Eagle, the best-selling comic from the 1950s and 60s. He lives in London and is also an actor.
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As mentioned previously, most of these tricks are very quick and easy to do, but they do introduce some really cool scientific concepts, (for if you're interested!). Each experiment gives you the lowdown on the science behind the trick and this is generally explained very clearly and in a fun, but not condescending way. An example of one of the tricks shows you how to stick a drinking straw into a raw potato. Think this is impossible? Nah - the book shows you how and tells you why it works!
My sons love this book so far and so do I. If you have a kid that is interested in science then it's a great little resource. If your child isn't so interested in science, however, then you never know...this book might open their eyes and get them a bit interested as it's fun as well as sneakily educational. Highly recommended.
After due consideration I wondered if my tiny female mind could cope with the big male science it contained only to discover, to my utter amazement, that my minuscule brain could easily cope with these amazing men-only science "tricks".
There are some interesting "tricks" and they are all very simple to "perform", it is a shame that there is not more of a scientific explanation for each.
I would also recommend supervision for children when performing many of these experiments.
If you are female and can put aside the overtly misogynist attitude of the publishers and author then I can assure you that you will find something in the book that you can entertain your family and friends with. In my case I was hoping to encourage the children in the family to take an interest in science and, to a certain degree, I believe I have been successful, though only time will tell.
The pictures and instructions are easy to follow and each experiment explains the science in simple, easy to understand terms.
Each experiment is clearly labelled as to whether it is for everyone, "be careful" or grown-ups only. This book seems to be pitched at everyone from inquisitive school kids to grown up geeks wanting to impress at parties. This makes it fun for all the family! We loved it.
My son really enjoyed pushing a skewer through a balloon and making a cola fountain. He found the instructions for folding paper in an illusion trick a bit confusing - it needed more pictures, but we got there in the end. Good to have as a standby for a rainy afternoon when boredom sets in or as a nice classy looking gift for a primary age child.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this to introduce my nephew to science. I'm not sure if it kick-started an interest in him but we had fun trying some of the experiments/tricks. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Semolina-kid
Awesome! Really easy experiments (or tricks) , with lots coming from items you are likely to have in the house anyway, great fun.Published 6 months ago by SteveP
Fab book - bought for my 7 year old and he loves it. Hours of fun.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a Christmas present thought it looked good for my 12 year old nephewPublished 7 months ago by Hilly B
Lots of ideas in here, lots of items will be around the house which is helpful, just hope my daughter enjoys this at Xmas.Published 8 months ago by kim