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Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments: From Boiling Ice and Exploding Soap to Erupting Volcanoes and Launching Rockets, 30 Inventive Experiments to Excite the Whole Family! (Dads Book of Awesome) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Adamick
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Book Description

The science behind, "But, why?"

Don't get caught off guard by your kids' science questions! You and your family can learn all about the ins and outs of chemistry, biology, physics, the human body, and our planet with Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments. From Rock Candy Crystals to Magnetic Fields, each of these fun science projects features easy-to-understand instructions that can be carried out by even the youngest of lab partners, as well as awesome, full-color photographs that guide you through each step. Complete with 30 interactive experiments and explanations for how and why they work, this book will inspire your family to explore the science behind:

  • Chemistry, with Soap Clouds
  • Biology, with Hole-y Walls
  • Physics, with Straw Balloon Rocket Blasters
  • Planet Earth, with Acid Rain
  • The Human Body, with Marshmallow Pulse Keepers
Best of all, every single one of these projects can be tossed together with items around the house or with inexpensive supplies from the grocery store. Whether your kid wants to create his or her own Mount Vesuvius or discover why leaves change colors in the fall, Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments will bring out the mad scientists in your family--in no time!

Editorial Reviews


"Explosive(ly) ... Awesome." --The Denver Post

"Mike Adamick's book...explains how to do the projects and then has a section called 'Why it Works' to explain the science behind the thing you just blew up. It's especially good for the early elementary school set, but it could inspire variations for those old kiddos." --Austin-American Statesman

"A truly great book with 30 experiments that will be fun for the whole family, and that will help you teach your kids science concepts. We are enjoying Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments and definitely recommend it." --Stuff Parents Need

"If you're a fan of science experiments and want to do some with your kids, there are a lot of experiments in this book. Most of them are easy to do with really good instructions and pictures.... This is a very giftable book." --Time to Play Magazine

"Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments has those amazing (but messy) projects … that he will love to do with the kids." - Parents Magazine

About the Author

Mike Adamick is the author of Dad's Book of Awesome Projects and a stay-at-home dad who writes for the Adventures in Learning science blog at PBS.org, the San Francisco Chronicle, KQED Radio, Disney's parenting website, Babble.com, and the Daddy Issues column on Jezebel.com. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, McSweeney's, Details magazine, NPR, and other media outlets.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Pinterest! April 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
For full disclosure, I was provided this book for review by the author. That being said, the opinion within is mine and my sons'.

First off, let me just say that as a SAHD (stay at home dad) I'm constantly on the lookout for stuff to do with my sons. Sure, getting on the floor and playing blocks and superheroes is great, but they just aren't the same as getting 'hands on' with your crafts. So, doing what most parents do, I jumped on the interwebs! And I found that weaving through Pinterest was clumsy at best. You click the pin, go to a site, then most times you realize you have to click through again to get to the actual site with the project on it. And, often, that's the only project listed on said site. It's time-consuming and clunky.

Then, Mr. Adamick, wrote a book that made me burn with envy "Dad's Book of Awesome Projects: From Stilts and Super-Hero Capes to Tinker Boxes and Seesaws, 25+ Fun Do-It-Yourself Projects for Families". Why? Because it was the book, I wanted to write...but hadn't. Then, I got the notification that there would be a follow-up book and I thought, "What else do we need? What is he going to build? An internal combustion engine out of tinfoil and rubberbands?"

I was excited to hear it was going to be about science! My son is turning 5 this summer, and he is SO curious about how the world works and WHY it works the way it does. And, we spend a lot of time on google looking for neat projects. Google no longer! This book is it. It's just as awesome as the first one. Included with each experiment, is an explanation of the science behind what's happening that doesn't talk down to parents nor does it speak over anyone's head. SCORE!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for kids of all ages (that means parents too!) April 18, 2014
A few weeks ago, CuteMonster.com was sent a review copy of Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick. I was delighted to discover that Mike has the unique talent for explaining difficult concepts in a fun approachable way. In my opinion, that's key to engaging young kids who may find science daunting. My oldest son was apprehensive when looking at the table of contents because of his lack of exposure to Biology, Chemistry and so forth. But after taking the time to sift through the myriad of experiments he realized the amazing fun that awaited. The instructions for each experiment are straightforward, whimsical and smartly written. So far my son has made a list of his first top ten experiments we'll be tackling together. I'm elated to witness his love of science beginning. I can't wait to include my younger daughter as well. Well done Mike! I can't recommend this book enough. Fun with science awaits!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book! August 6, 2014
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My five grandchildren were coming for a week-long visit, so I ordered this book to get ideas for fun things to do with them. We had a great time doing some of the experiments, and I really appreciated the clear directions and illustrations. The children range in age from 20 months to nine years, so I didn't spend a lot of time explaining the scientific principles, but I did let the kids do as much as they could for each experiment. We started with the Ivory soap in the microwave; the kids were amazed! Then we polished pennies with vinegar and salt; that was ok. They loved the density experiment with layers of colored liquids (we did the one you can drink)! We had fun with the balloon rockets on a string (we tied it to the top of our deck and sent the rockets up from the yard). The grand finale was the Diet Coke and Mento rocket - so much fun, although I told the kids they had to keep watching since it's over quickly. My husband took lots of photos of our experiments and a video of the Diet Coke rocket so we could watch it again. Next time the grandkids visit we'll try some more ideas from this great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adamick Explodes Science & Minds! April 18, 2014
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I was a huge fan of Mr. Wizard growing up. Then came Bill Nye. And now we have Mike Adamick. The current resurgence in our children's interest in science needs to be support by a foundation of really fun and engaging activities. It's one thing to learn about science. It's quite another to see it in action, learn empirically why something happens and have a great time doing it.

Mike Adamick is the perfect author for a book of this kind and the experiments inside are both easy to do and fun to accomplish. This book is well-worth the purchase and could be a great Father's Day/Mother's Day gift for everyone reading. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, fun, and educational projects to do with kids August 22, 2014
My two boys (9 and 6) and I love this book. The experiments are a lot of fun, most of the items can be found around the house, and we are learning/re-learning a ton about science in an authentic way. Great activity book for parents looking for easy projects to do with their kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Days of entertainment packed into one book April 23, 2014
About a month ago I received an advance copy of this book over at Rated4Andup.com. All opinions in this review are definitely my own. When I received the book, I immediately started looking through it with my son to plot our explosive adventures. We decided on 7 different experiments that we would attempt in our first round of fun the following weekend. I gathered up all of our supplies and had everything ready for our day of play. We made everything from volcanoes to soap clouds that day; and let me tell you, my son had a BLAST! Mike Adamick had previously written a book called Dad's Book of Awesome Projects which was great, so I knew this book would be equally as good, if not better. I gave this book 5 stars because me and my son had so much fun and we never had any issues with understanding the lesson being taught or the steps to perform the experiments ourselves. Sometimes books like this can become confusing for the little ones, and Mr. Adamick made sure that was not the case with his book.
I highly recommend this book. <------Yes, this is my honest opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 7 year old niece loved her birthday gift
My 7 year old niece loved her birthday gift! She and her friends had an awesome "experimental" themed party. Her favorite was elephant toothpaste.
Published 2 months ago by Darcey Martell
5.0 out of 5 stars Less "uh-oh", more "a-ha!"
My kids love science, but I really need a push to get excited about it, and a shove to even consider diving into experiments. Read more
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Loved Mike Adamick's first book (Dad's Book of Awesome Projects), but this one may be even better ... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Sager
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun all summer!
I got this book for my husband to play with our daughter but I ended up using it while he was gone working all summer. It was awesome! Read more
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