Friday, July 10, 2015

Best Hands-On Science/STEM Experiments Books- Fun Activities for the Whole Family

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I had a friend who did a science themed birthday party for one of her kids. They did all sorts of fun science experiments like the Mentos and exploding Coke experiment.  That one is a fun one no matter your age. 

Science experiments are fun for everyone.  The young preschoolers and toddlers enjoy science just as much as the high schoolers or adults do.  All you have to do is the right experiment, and explain the science topic learned at their level.  

I know the summer time can be long for everyone.   You start off the summer all about going places and getting your summer reading in.  However, those intentions start to dwindle when it is hot outside and you forget about that book you were reading.  

Usually the time when you are getting "bored" with summer is the time to pull out a science experiment book.  Your kids will read the books (and reading is reading no matter what is being read and it is still beneficial), you'll do some fun science activity, and as a parent you've done something educational therefore allowing you to give yourself a pat on the back and feel okay about the never ending TV shows they have been watching.  

Basically, now is the time to have some science fun with your kids.  You will all be glad you did.  

Since there are a million to a billion science hands-on experiment books on the market these days, I am giving you the 7 best science books with hands-on experiments to do, robots and contraptions to build, and other fun STEM activities.

These books are all great, and I'm sure one of these books will be perfect for your family.  I bet your local library has them, but after a few experiments you may want a copy for your own.      

Science is fun for everyone; go have some fun!  Though, first check-out these books so you don't burn the house down attempting something you probably shouldn't.  These books have warnings and safety as well as fun activities.   

Best Hands-On Science Books to Get Kids 
Experimenting, Building, and Having Fun w/ STEM Activities

This is a fantastic book.  The experiments are usually simple enough for toddlers to do, but cool enough for teenagers to enjoy. The colored pictures and short explanations are great.  You may be tempted to purchase this book. 

This book has great colored pictures with easy experiments many ages will enjoy.  There doesn't seem to be as much explanation for the experiments, but there is a little and that little can get your bigger kids researching the Why.    

This book is all about the food, and who doesn't love food?!  These food experiments are fun and explained well.  However, the pictures are not great, and by that I mean black and white, but this book and the experiments are geared for older kids.  Kids in 5th grade and up will find this book to be most enjoyable to them even if the pictures are less than stellar.  

Mercer has written loads of fun hands on science activity books.  From The Robot Book, Junk Drawer Physics, The Racecar Book, and more.  These books are great for 3rd grade through 7th grade with experiments kids can do on their own.  My only complaint is I wish the pictures were in color.  However, that alone shouldn't deter you from checking one of these books out.  

Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick
This book is more for parents (mom's and dad's alike) to read and lead the experiments, but an upper elementary student or higher could comprehend and read this and do the experiments themselves.  Great experiments, mostly with equipment on hand, that kids of all ages will enjoy. 

101 Great Science Experiments by Neil Ardley
Great pictures with the DK layout kids love that is clean and simple.  The experiments will be enjoyed by many ages ( mostly between grades 2nd through 8th), and they are easy enough for kids to do by themselves.  My only qualm with the book is that there are a lot of experiments to do, but there is little explanation given for why the experiments do what they do. 

The Curious Kid’s Science Book: 100+ Creative Hands-On Activities for Ages 4-8 
by Asia Citro
This book has not been published yet; it's not available until September.  However, it looks pretty awesome for a mom of toddlers like me.  I'm excited to check it out, and I just wanted you to have a heads up on it too.

Happy Reading and Science Fun DOING... b/c doing is what should be happening in the summer!


  1. Thank you so much for including our book (The Curious Kid's Science Book)! Pinned! :)

    1. I'm super excited to check it out Asia. I'm always game to do a book review if you need/would like.