The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Physics for Kids
Science Experiments and Activities Inspired by Awesome Physicists, Past and Present; with 25 Illustrated Biographies of Amazing Scientists from Around the World
by Liz Lee Heinecke
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 8 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 24 Feb 2022
Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry, Quarry Books
Aspiring young physicists will discover an amazing group of inspiring scientists and memorable experiments in Physics for Kids, the third book of The Kitchen Pantry Scientist series.
Make a water rocket and engineer the perfect paper airplane. Play with mirror images. Use atmospheric pressure to push an egg into a bottle. Crush a mint to create a flash of light.
This engaging guide offers a series of snapshots of 25 scientists famous for their work with physics, from ancient history through today. Each lab tells the illustrated story of a scientist along with some background about the importance of their work, and a description of where it is still being used or reflected in today’s world.
A step-by-step experiment paired with each story offers kids a hands-on opportunity for exploring concepts the scientists pursued, or are working on today. Experiments range from very simple projects using materials you probably already have on hand, to more complicated ones that may require a few inexpensive items you can purchase online. Just a few of the incredible people and scientific concepts you'll explore:
Galileo (b. 1564)
Play with pendulums
Sir Isaac Newton (b. 1642)
Center of gravity balancing trick
Albert Einstein (b. 1879)
Playground ball relativity
Stephen Hawking (b. 1942)
Collapsing stars and black holes
Christine Darden (b. 1942)
Engineer a perfect paper airplane
With this fascinating, hands-on exploration of the history of physics, inspire the next generation of great scientists.
Dig into even more incredible science history from The Kitchen Pantry Scientist series with: Chemistry for Kids (May 2020), Biology for Kids (May 2021), and Math for Kids (August 2022).
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 16 members
Fantastic book for home school parents, after school science clubs or Grandmothers like me who want to do creative activities with their grandchildren. I grew up in an era when science was boring. This is fun and breaks down physics in a way that is easy to understand for kids.
Highly recommend to parents and educators alike!
When I was a junior in high school, I took physics. I HATED this class, found it difficult, irrelevant and uninteresting. How good would it have been to be exposed to a book like Physics for Kids long before then! I might have felt completely differently.
Inside this title are all kinds of experiments and activities that are designed to engage kids. Here is information about many scientists, among them Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, Pierre Curie and Albert Einstein for some household names and others whom I did not know including Katharine Burr Blodgett, Ruby Payne Scott and Lise Meitner to name just three. (Kudos for including women) After each scientist is introduced, there is a well illustrated experiment for kids to try. For example, after reading about Thomas Young and wave theory, do the experiment entitled Light Interference and observe wave patterns in water and then experiment with fringe patterns created by light waves as they move through slits.
I highly recommend this book for school and home libraries. It is well geared to STEM studies.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book. All opinions are my own.
This is a lovely book for parents and children to explore together. Each section has a very well written biography summarising a scientist alongside an experiment that can be carried out at home. The big selling point for me being that most of the equipment is likely to be stuff most people have fairly easy access to, being either stuff you have at home, or can purchase without having to spend a small fortune on!
This is a book that ticks 2 big boxes for me - it is educational AND keeps upper primary kids entertained!!
My thanks to Netgalley, author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an advance copy.
A nice follow up to the earlier books. Good experiments with items mostly found on hand in the house. I thought my grandson might be getting too old for these types of experiments, but he still really likes them.
The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Physics for Kids is a perfect book for homeschoolers and preschoolers. It's highly recommended for parents who would like to engage their kids in educational activities at home.
I own and love Liz's other books in this series, and this one, like the others, is fantastic! Each lab spotlights a particular scientist and then includes a fairly easy to set up lab with step by step instructions and pictures. While the labs are not terribly labor intensive for parents, they are diverse and intriguing, easily illustrating the concept it is covering. The book is intuitive to use and interesting for both parents and children to read. These books are an essential in our homeschool library and we will definitely have to add this edition, once published in paperback, as well!
This would be a great book for homeschooling or to help a teacher introduce easy science. Chapters spotlight an inventor then an easy step by step experiment to identify what they explored. Anyone could do these activities and they are geared for children. Five stars for a great interactive book!
I received a complimentary copy to look at and voluntarily left this review!
Fun book with kid-friendly brief profiles of famous scientists who worked in a certain area of physics, followed by easy experiments related to the topic. The experiments have step by step full color photos, and a "Physics Behind the Fun" box offers further explanation of what the experiment was about. A nice way to introduce kids to both the scientists and the physics concepts in a fun and relatable way.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you for the opportunity to review this book. I am not a science-y type of person, but I wanted to see some ideas to help promote scientific activities and learning with the kids in my family. I really liked the projects that they suggested, as they reminded of my time in "gifted learning" classes. We'd do these types of activities and not only learn about the scientific principles, but also teamwork and cooperation. Brainstorming and out-of-the-box thinking are also promoted by these projects, which require following instructions and gaining a firm grasp on principles of physics. I think that doing hands on activities is much better than just hearing about the scientific theories and principles in a class lesson. I remember AP Physics being one of the worst classes I had ever taken. I don't have the mind to just grasp maths/science as it is. Visually participating via hands-on learning is paramount. I think this book would be fun for instructors, family, class leaders, etc.
Fantastic book! My 5-year-old loves it, I love it. Each concept is accompanied by a short introduction and information about a relevant historical or current scientist (and not all white men, either!). This is followed by easy-to-follow instructions for experiments appropriate for children. I've read quite a few kids' science experiment books recently, and this one is one of the best I've seen. It goes beyond baking soda & vinegar volcanoes - even to some experiments I haven't seen in other books. I'm going to wait to do some of them until my son is older, but there are definitely some here that even a 5-year-old can do with parental supervision. This is a nice addition to any hands-on science activity book collection.