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Top 10 Science Books for Kids
Top Ten Science Books for Kids
Understanding science is a key life-skill for anyone these days. I gained great joy from learning about anything scientific as a young child and this selection of books cover the subject in a way that I think will suit kids of all ages.
I have selected these books as my Top 10 Science Books for Kids, for their content and skill at describing their subject and for the great fun and enthusiasm that they pass on to their young reader.
What is Science?
A a child, I used to associate the world of science with the image of a man in a white laboratory coat, wearing spectacles, perhaps carrying a clipboard. I think this was because I had a chemistry teacher who used to dress like this for lessons.
There are many definitions that can be used to describe what science is. I like to think of it as being the study of what the world and everything around us is. It's like a huge adventure, with no end - every time we discover something new, it opens up new questions.
The word "science" means knowledge.
For kids aged 8 and above
Experiments are a great way to introduce kids to the subject. There is nothing quite like being able to actually carry out an experiment and see the results for yourself.
How many muscles do you think we have in our bodies..100?...200?....more? Well the answer is more than 600. Do you know how many muscle types we have? The answer is 3. These are known as:
Smooth Muscles - these are muscles that we can't directly control. They contract and relax to help with things like digestion.
Hearty Muscle - This is the muscle that makes up the heart and like smooth muscle, we cannot control it.
Skeletal Muscle - these are muscles that we can control. They work with our bones to make joints move so that we can do things such as walk, kick a ball or pick something up.
For kids aged 8 and above
Make lightning in your room! Keep paper dry under water! Lose weight by going upstairs! See colors that aren't there! Experience the magic of science with these quick, easy experiments and activities from Jean Potter.
The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.— John Glenn
So what are the various branches of science and how do they relate to each other?
Wow! What a question you might ask?
Well, it is quite a question really - and one with a really complex answer. But science and all it's potential different branches of activity are sometimes difficult to explain or put into some sort of logical order or groupings. It might take me a 1000 or more words to try and explain - but the image attached (sourced from Wikipedia) does a marvelous job of explaining this.
Clouds - For Children aged 3 and upwards
The author describes each type of cloud formation, explains where it is found in the sky, and tells what kind of weather is associated with it.
Do you ever wake up and wonder what the weather will be?