Physical Science Projects for Kids Book Reviews

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Midwest Book Review, Children's Bookwatch: June 2012

On the Physical Science Projects for Kids series

Illustrated with full-color photography on almost every page, Physical Science Projects for Kids is a series that lives up to its title with extensively researched, step-by-step walkthroughs of multiple hands-on science projects that kids can undertake—whether as part of a classroom curriculum, or simple summer fun with the opportunity to learn more about science! Adult supervision is expected for some of the projects, but all are great ways to stimulate the minds of young people in grade school through junior high. Highly recommended, particularly for public and school library children's science collections.

Booklist, December 1, 2011

On A Project Guide to Sound

This title in the new Physical Science Projects for Kids series begins with a brief introduction to all things sound-related, from the history of sound study to the definition of a wavelength. The discussion is accompanied by multiple diagrams, one of which compares decibel levels, from those of a jet engine to that of a rustling leaf. The projects that follow include using a tuning fork to amplify sounds and making a model ear out of clay. Each of the 11 experiments breaks down into clear components: an introductory paragraph, a simple materials list, and step-by-step instructions. The tone of the text is conversational—“What do fireworks, airplanes, and whips all have in common with you?”—and the required materials are items commonly found in kitchens and classrooms. Although the projects seem geared toward middle- and upper-elementary students, many photos feature a child who appears much younger, making the book’s intended audience somewhat puzzling. Still, teachers may find these simple experiments—and the further reading appended—helpful additions to science units.