From arachnids to zits, 114 "ick-speriments, ick-tivities, and ick-splorations" invite young experimenters to investigate the workings of their world.
This lively title covers a selection of biological, chemical, physical, and earth science concepts through alphabetically organized subjects with gross kid appeal: slime, snot, and spit; mummies and sinkholes; farts and vomit; pee and poop; fossils and fungi; forensics; and waste of all kinds. Even when this companion to Oh, Yuck (2000) covers the same topic, both text and activities are different. The authors begin with the steps of the scientific method and safety rules. Connected activities are presented in recipe format with a list of ingredients, expected time, and clear step-by-step directions with photographs. Most materials are easily available. A “what just happened” section also explains the why of likely results. Safety precautions are stressed, and adult help is requested with stoves and sharp knives. Among the basic concepts are acids and bases, elements, molecules, chemical formulas, DNA, and human body systems. The energetic design includes cartoon illustrations; humans have varying skin tones. This collection should get plenty of use in homes, classrooms, and libraries as a resource for science-fair participants. The paper binding might not stand up to the wear, but the title is also available as an e-book.
A lighthearted compendium of interesting information and engaging, hands-on activities with gobs of kid appeal. (index, credits not seen) (Nonfiction. 8-14)