Tuesday, May 5, 2009

One of Those "Thank You Lord" Finds!

This is a "new" book we bought at the used bookstore. I don't usually have luck with this kind, but it looked promising, and upon further inspection, I'm tickled pink!

The front cover proclaims:

"over 400 kid-friendly experiments and explorations for curious minds"

We started at the beginning yesterday and the children all had a blast learning about the eye, it's parts, and how it works.

We started out by observing each our own eye. The book suggested a mirror, but we also used the digital camera and took a picture of each child's eye - it was so neat to zoom way in and see intricate detail in the color of the iris! Also, with so many blue eyes around here, we got to notice the differences in each set of blue eyes. That was fun!

I will tell you if I continue to love this book, but so far I am really impressed by the "experiments and explorations" that require no more than what you have on hand in your home.

I also like all the colorful pictures and the amount of information.
We didn't finish the eye chapter until today and didn't even do all the experiments suggested.
Their favorites were their eye drawings, and a cool experiment to see how each eye sees a different view. This was done by rolling up a sheet of paper, holding it up to one eye and placing the palm of their hand next to the rolled up paper.
Keeping both eyes open and moving their hand closer to their face there appeared to be a hole in the middle of their hand! Way neat-o!

This book is about the right speed for all my children to read together. Simple enough for Susanna and Olivia (3 and 4) to participate if they want, and plenty involved for my boys who are 6 and 8.
I highly recommend it - especially if you can find it at a used bookstore too!!! ;-)


Lady Jess said...


heidi said...

Ackkkk I just ordered it. How cool is that book!!!

The kids just disected a cow eyeball a few weeks back. Learned all about the parts of the eye. But a refresher like this is always good and this might be easier for Nikolaus. Thanks!

Jana said...

That sounds like lots of fun!

princessmama said...

Sounds like fun! :) We'll have to try taking picture of our eyes, neato :-)

Christabelle said...

That is amazing! I'm always on the look for book recommendations!

Diane said...

Just out of curiosity, which used book store did you go to?