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Candy Experiments 2 Paperback – December 2, 2014
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Gr 3–5—With more than 60 experiments, this sweet sequel to 2013's highly entertaining and educational Candy Experiments (Andrew McMeel) is packed with sugar-coated activities that introduce young scientists to the chemistry behind some of their favorite confections. Organized into nine categories that focus on scientific concepts, including "Density," "Light," and "Crystals," and processes, such as "Dissolve" and "Melt," each experiment features five main components: "Time," "Skill Level," "What You Need," "What to Do," and "What's Happening." Overall, simplicity rules. Supplies are minimal, directions are straightforward and concise, requiring adult supervision only when a microwave or oven is needed, and explanations are rather basic, giving budding candy chemists only the scientific information that's necessary. Sidebars that suggest science fair ideas and extension activities, define vocabulary, and offer fun facts supplement the experiments, providing ample opportunities for additional critical thinking while emphasizing the merits of the scientific process. There's little question that readers will be engaged; the colorful and appealing design and layout, as well as the close-up shots of candy shards, are definite eye-candy. Although the ingredient measurements in "Instant Crystallization" strangely shift from standard to metric, this minor inconsistency has little effect on the book as a whole. A worthwhile addition to science fair collections.—Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH
About the Author
Loralee Leavitt received the Highlights Pewter Plate Award for Nonfiction Feature of the Year, Independent Readers for the "Candy Experiments" article published in Mothering magazine, and her articles in ParentMap helped that magazine win a Gold Award from Parenting Publications of America. A popular freelance writer, she regularly contributes to Cricket, Scouting, Pockets, Boys' Quest, Fun for Kidz, Writers' Journal, and Highlights. She has given Candy Experiments presentations at local and national events, school classrooms, science fairs, Halloween parties, and farmers' markets. Loralee lives in Kirkland, Washington, with her husband and three kids.
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There is also sections on experiment tips and candy experiment science fair projects. The author includes with each experiment the necessary information such as how long the experiment will take, skill level, what you will need, what to do and an explanation as to what is happening and why.She also includes cautionary notes when needed for experiments that are hot to the touch etc. so that no one gets hurt. Some of the experiments contain more candy experiment ideas to expand on what is being taught.
I found these experiments very informative. The author does an excellent job explaining why the kids are getting the reaction they are out of their candies well enough for the target age group to understand what is going on.
The page's are laid out in such a way that it easily attracts the reader's attention and shows them how fun these experiments can be. This book will easily be a hit for any child interested in science and even those who aren't by making science fun.
Some fun experiments include making a Gummy Frog Swim, Bend a Straw without touching it and Bending Light.
I received this book from Goodreads giveaway for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.