Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments

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Title: The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments: Awesome Things To Do With Your Parents, Babysitters and Other Adults
Author: Rachel Miller, Holly Homer and Jamie Harrington
Publisher: Page Street Publishing Company
Copyright Date: 2016
Age Range: 5-12 years old
This book is brightly illustrated and nicely organized, it is easy to read and easy to follow along with the step by step processes. There are four chapters: kitchen chemistry, physics and making things move, exploring the world and the human body. The experiments offered will allow children to have fun while learning more about science.
Each experiment offers readers:
  • A mess meter
  • Whether or not there are safety precautions or adult supervisions needed
  • Prep time
  • Experiment duration time
  • Supplies needed
  • An explanation of the experiment, why it worked and outcome
  • Variation examples
  • “Did you know?” and “Try This!” sections (which gives readers tips and tricks)
As this book states this book is great for children and their caregivers, however, the book is also useful to librarians who want to do STEM programs with children or teenagers. There are many ideas that can be used to create and implement fun and engaging programs in the library. Children and younger teens would enjoy the science and reactions they would learn from the program and have fun during the process.

Read alikes:
101 Kids Activities That are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!: The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives and Babysitters! By: Holly Homer and Rachel Miller

100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids: Teach Reading, Writing, Math and More with Fun Activities by: Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij

Outdoor Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park by: Liz Lee Heinecke

Website: The authors of this book have a blog that ties in very nicely with this book and their other books. It is called the Kids Activities Blog and it offers a lot of fun and exciting crafts and activities to do with children.


  1. Hi Kate,
    What a great review of this exciting book. I like how you listed what each experiment offers readers and your read-alikes are spot on. I just discovered Curious Jane. Two moms started a program for their daughters and their friends during the summer and it mushroomed into a summer camp, magazine, and book. This is the book: d
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  2. Hi Kate, I really enjoyed reading your review and this looks like a great addition for a library. I really like the book's vibrant colors and cover design, which is eye-catching. I agree that this would make a great resource for a librarian with STEM programming. I am going to have to check and see if my library system has a copy of this book and check it out myself!
    ~ Tara C.