Hello again and welcome to this week’s storytime blog for National Science Week!
At this particular time in the world I believe it is more important than ever that children learn the basics and importance of science. Having said that, science is an incredibly wide ranging topic, and I will not be able to cover even one quintillionth of the available information about science in this little blog!
So, what is science? Science is knowledge about the natural world that is based on facts learned through experiments and observation. It is a system of studying, testing, and experimenting on things in nature. Science is a search for general laws about how the world works.
When looking for books to help your child learn about science – almost anything will fit into the overarching category of science. Like dinosaurs? That’s science. Want to be an astronaut? Also science. Love cooking? Yes, that is also science. Even art can be scientific – consider one of the most famous scientists and artists of all time, Leonardo Da Vinci.
STEAM lab for kids written by Liz Lee Heinecke contains a plethora of amazing experiments to try at home. I have used this book many times as inspiration for my library STEAM Club and there are dozens more in this book that I only wish I had time to try! This book would be excellent as a resource for students passionate about STEAM/STEM or for home-school families.
If you’re yet to read one of the awesome books from the Science Comics series, you are in for the ride of youre life with Rockets : defying gravity written by Anne Drozd and Jerzy Drozd. These comics are probable some of the most entertaining non-fiction (or fact) books I’ve ever come accross. Not since “Horrible Histories” has a book offered so much fascinating information presented in a fun, entertaining format. Numerous snarky and cheeky animals help narrate this romp through the history and science of how and why rockets were created. Spoiler: Pigeons had an integral role in the science of rockets!
The first book in The Magic School Bus series was published in 1985 and since that time it has merged into a television series, video games and now a streaming series on Netflix. There are many reasons why The Magic School bus has been successful – but in my opinion it’s that secretly kids actually enjoy learning about science! Alright, maybe it’s not a big secret – let’s face it, SCIENCE IS THE BEST! The magic school bus inside the Earth written by Joanna Cole : On a special field trip in the magic school bus, Ms Frizzle’s class learn at first hand about different kinds of rocks and the formation of the earth. A great story to read for children aged up to about 10 years of age.
The bee book written by Charlotte Milner is a wonderful introduction to the beautiful world of bees. The stunning book teaches children everything they could want to know about honey bees, hives, honey production, pollination and how to make a bee friendly garden to encourage these wonderful creatures to your neighbourhood. This book is suitable for primary school aged children.
If you love bees, keep an eye out for our next set of school holiday activities at the library. I have it on good authority that one of our sessions will be making Bee Hotels!
The brilliant book of animal bones written by Anna Claybourne is written especially for all of the budding paleontologists out there. Have you ever wondered how paleontologists use the bones they find to figure out what an animal really looked like? Maybe you’d like to know how many bones are in a giraffe’s neck, or how many rib bones a blue whale has? Did you know that Blue Whales have unused leftover leg bones??? Another great book for primary school aged kids.
Okay, I admit it. I’ve only included this book because it makes me giggle. But, to be clear, it’s still very much science. Find out which animals are the fastest at peeing, which animals don’t actually pee and how animal wee can save the planet! Impress friends with “would you wee-lieve it?” wacky animal wee facts and discover the fascinating science behind animal wee.
The wee that animals pee by Paul Mason and Tony De Saulles is for children aged 7 and over…. like way over!
Crafty Science – Ooblek
First of all parents – don’t be afraid of a little mess! Children learn so much more when they are able to enjoy what they’re doing! Ooblek is a favourite of kids young and old because it is one of the most amazing substances on earth! Is it a liquid? Is it a solid? Is it something to thicken your gravy? Yes!!
Oobleck is cornstarch or cornflour and water that when mixed together can act like a solid and a liquid. Simply combine 2 cups of cornflour and 1 cup of water (add some food colouring to make it fun if you like). Mix gently together until combined. Trust me on this, if you try to mix quickly – you won’t get very far! Once mixed, test slowly dragging your fingers through the ooblek, then try slapping it! Pick it up and squeeze into a hard lump, or let it slide through your fingers like slime! Children will have a ball with this amazing non-Newtonian fluid.
Check out this crazy video of a pool of Ooblek!
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