Usborne 100 Science Experiments: Internet-Linked (100 Science Experiments Il) Paperback – 1 Jan 2006
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I would not recommend this book for elementary aged children but rather to their parents or teachers who might be able to use the ideas as starting points for more robust demonstrations. The unreliability of many of the projects in the book will be frustrating enough to a student that he/she will lose interest in the scientific principle being explained.
First, you have to read carefully through the whole experiment and determine what items you need to gather to actually do the experiment. I wish they would have had a list of materials needed, like other books, so you can quickly determine which experiments you want to do without reading through each one.
Secondly, many of the experiments don't even give you specific measurements for ingredients. So many of the experiments didn't turn out simply because we didn't know the correct amount. Only after searching on the Internet for specific directions, were we able to finish the experiment. So why bother purchasing the book if I'm going to have to go through all that trouble?
Some of the experiments did not turn out as another reviewer mentioned. Even as an adult, I was frustrated.
So far we have done two experiments, and both turned out great with no problems. I see another reviewer said that they had problems with some of the experiments not working right, or being too difficult for a kid, so far that has not been my experience. I guess it depends on what your expectations are, and how much effort you are willing to put in.
I would definitely recommend this book, it is very engaging and my son is still excited to try more things. He wanted to start at the front cover and do every project.