AWARDS AND REVIEWS
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, September 1996
K-GR 6 -- Science, Discovery, & Laughter is chock full of great,
easy-to-do science experiments that will motivate children to learn more
about basic scientific principles. The activities are presented by
consultants of The Science Club who represent both sexes and every major
racial group. Variations of these activities are then performed by
families and groups with the same careful attention to cultureal
diversity. You may have already made terrariums, ice cream, and mixed
baking soda with vinegar -- but here they are given a new twist. However,
have you ever made Glop, Martian Mud, or Straw Flutes? When was the last
time you took a walk with a sock on the outside of your shoe, and then
planted the seeds collected? Along the way some scientific principles
such as surface tension and states of matter are covered. The guide is
worth special mention. All ingredients, measurements, and recipe
instructions are cleverly displayed. There are also quotes and
challenging questions that require changing the variables of the
experiment. The recommended "Everybody Books" (so called because picture
books are not just for youngsters) are excellent choices. The consultants
are not professional actors, and some lines are flubbed. This video,
however, deserves to be in every school library, every public library that
serves a homeschooling population, and every home that cares about budding
young scientists. Use it as PTA and Scout meetings as well. --Ken
Freutel, Dwight Elementary School, IL
- Science, Discovery, & Laughter: A Fun and Practical Guide
for Doing Science with Children. videocassette. color. 58 min.
with tchr's guide. Prod. by Office of the Superintended of Public
Instruction. Dist. by The Science Club. 1994, 1996 release.
$19.95 (pub. perf.).
LOS ANGLES TIMES
Tuesday, August 27, 1996
Type: Video Recording Review
Byline: LYNNE HEFFLEY
TIMES STAFF WRITER
Discovering Fun-Filled World of 'Science'
When does a child's natural joy of discovery turn into science- and
learning-phobia? Never, if the creators of a new video guide, "Science,
Discovery & Laughter," have anything to say about it. This entertaining
tutorial for parents and teachers, produced by The Science Club of
Seattle, is chock-full of hands-on, easy-to-do activities for adults and
children to enjoy together.
Make "Martian Mud," a weird, cornstarch-based concoction that acts like a
solid and a liquid. Create nifty "meteor" craters with back-yard stones
and a tub of flour and cocoa powder. Use "magic" to make pepper move,
take a "sock walk" for an unusual "growing experience" --a garden in a
sock-- or mix up some wonderfully gooey "glop" that bounces and stretches.
The video offers tips for using the experiments as leaping-off points for
further discovery, aided by a terrific accompanying booklet. It also
shows by example how to encourage children and enhance and share their
pleasure in learning something new. Most important, it serves as a
reminder that there shouldn't be an age limit to curiousity and
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