The Usborne books are incredible and always have easy and quick science activities. The 50 Science things to make and do, by Usborne is good for readers in grades 1-3, students that are reluctant readers, and for grandparents. The pages are printed on heavy card which is nice for experimenting. The visuals are terrific and correspond nicely with the  directions. One of my favorite  activities in this book is to grow hanging crystals. This type of crystal is very safe for young children because you are just using  baking soda and wool yarn. This activity requires about 20 minutes from start to finish, but will last until all the water evaporates and leaves behind baking soda crystals.                                            

Material Needed:

  1. A piece of WOOL yarn
  2. Two small weights to attach at ends (paper clips or small rocks)
  3. Two glass jars– We used two clear short glasses and had crystals the next day.
  4. Baking Soda- 6 teaspoons of baking soda per container.
  5. A small plate or foil that will fit between the jars
  6. Hot water
  7. Spoons

50 Science things to make and do

ISBN 978-0-7945-2379-4