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MASON JAR SCIENCE: 40 SLIMY, SQUISHY, SUPER COOL EXPERIMENTS
MASON JAR SCIENCE: 40 SLIMY, SQUISHY, SUPER COOL EXPERIMENTS

MASON JAR SCIENCE: 40 SLIMY, SQUISHY, SUPER COOL EXPERIMENTS

Heatproof, transparent, and durable, the mason jar is a science lab just waiting to be discovered. Unlock its potential with 40 dynamic experiments for budding scientists ages eight and up. Using just a jar and a few ordinary household items, children learn to create miniature clouds, tiny tornadoes, small stalactites, and, of course, great goo and super slime!

With a little ingenuity, the jar can be converted into a lava lamp, a water prism, a balloon barometer, and a compass. Each fun-packed project offers small-scale ways to illustrate the big-picture principles of chemistry, botany, biology, physics, and more.

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CARDBOARD BOX ENGINEERING
CARDBOARD BOX ENGINEERING

CARDBOARD BOX ENGINEERING

Cardboard is everywhere! For creative kids aged 9 to 14, it’s the perfect eco-friendly building material, and Cardboard Box Engineering is the perfect guide to get them started on inventive tinkering. A working kaleidoscope, a marble roller coaster, a robotic hand, and a wind-powered tractor with cardboard gears are just some of the ingenious projects developed by Jonathan Adolph, author of the best-selling Mason Jar Science.

Working with simple household tools, kids can follow the step-by-step photographic instructions to exercise their design smarts, expand their 3-D thinking, and learn the basics of physics and engineering with activities that have real-life applications.

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WOOD SHOP: HANDY SKILLS AND CREATIVE BUILDING PROJECTS FOR KIDS
WOOD SHOP: HANDY SKILLS AND CREATIVE BUILDING PROJECTS FOR KIDS

WOOD SHOP: HANDY SKILLS AND CREATIVE BUILDING PROJECTS FOR KIDS

Come on, kids: Grab a hammer, step up to the workbench, and get ready to measure, saw, drill, and make cool things! Wood Shop is an exciting introduction for today’s kids to an age-old tradition: building with wood.

With step-by-step photographs and clear instructions, aspiring woodworkers learn essential skills such as how to drive a nail, use a power drill, “measure twice, cut once,” and saw correctly. Then the fun begins, with 17 cool and creative projects kids can build to furnish the wood shop, decorate their bedrooms and homes, and create their own play equipment. Favorite projects include Tic-Tac-Toe-To Go!, One-Board Birdhouse, a Tool Tote, and a hanging Twinkle Light. Wood Shop is the perfect gift for tinkerers, young makers, and aspiring carpenters and engineers.

For ages 8-12.

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TURN THIS BOOK INTO A BEEHIVE!
TURN THIS BOOK INTO A BEEHIVE!

TURN THIS BOOK INTO A BEEHIVE!

Turn This Book into a Beehive! teaches kids all about the fascinating world of bees. The fun exercises, activities, and illustrations engage their imagination and offer a deeper understanding of bee life and bee behavior. By following a few simple steps (including removing the book’s cover and taping it together), readers can transform the book into a living home for backyard bees. This book lets kids make a difference in the world: Building a home where bees can thrive is one small but critical step in reversing the alarming trend of dwindling bee populations.

Written by Lynn Brunelle, whose gift for making science fun earned her four Emmy Awards as a writer for “Bill Nye the Science Guy”, Turn This Book into a Beehive! introduces kids to the amazing mason bee, a non-aggressive, non-stinging super-pollinator that does the work of more than 100 honeybees. Mason bees usually live in hollow reeds or holes in wood, but here’s how to make a home just for them: Tear out the perforated paper (each illustrated as a different room in a house), roll the sheets into tubes, enclose the tubes using the book’s cover, and hang the structure outside. The bees will arrive, pack mud into the tubes, and begin pollinating all the plants in your backyard.

Twenty experiments and activities reveal even more about bees: how to smell like a bee, understand the role of flowers and pollen, learn how bees communicate with each other through “dance,” and more. It’s the real buzz on bees, delivered most ingeniously and interactively.

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COMPOST: A FAMILY GUIDE TO MAKING SOIL FROM SCRAPS
COMPOST: A FAMILY GUIDE TO MAKING SOIL FROM SCRAPS

COMPOST: A FAMILY GUIDE TO MAKING SOIL FROM SCRAPS

What happens to the food we don’t eat …all those discarded apple cores and rejected Brussels sprouts? Did you know that there are as many living organisms in a teaspoon of soil as there are people in the whole world? And that wriggly worms are our cool, earthy friends?

In Compost, Ben Raskin shares his expert knowledge, answering these questions and many more through a whole heap of engaging activities and games. Teach your kids that composting is fun (and stop them from moaning about emptying the compost bucket) with this funky guide that takes you from compost menus (who knew worms were gourmands?) to Worms and Ladders, a fresh take on a traditional board game. Find out the rules for setting up your very own Worm Lovers’ Society, learn all about the garden-to-plate cycle together, and get your family’s feet firmly set on the road to a planet-friendly lifestyle.

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ON THE FARM
ON THE FARM

ON THE FARM

In these one-of-a-kind picture books, every page bursts with life … and tons to discover!

Children as young as 2 have a blast pointing out recognizable things (a blue tricycle, a hungry dog, a piggyback ride), while older kids can follow the star characters from page to page, telling their stories along the way.

How? Wimmelbooks are virtually instruction-free, inviting kids to make their way through the busy Wimmelworld they encounter and to craft their own stories. First, you’re introduced to a unique cast of characters hidden in plain sight on the following pages. As you seek them out, each character’s storyline unfolds, but it’s up to kids to interpret the scenes and create stories they think fit. It’s hours upon hours of fun and an effortless introduction to literacy.

In On the Farm, adventure awaits on Wimmelfarm. From the stable to the wheat field to the rodeo, follow each character as they go about their day, whether watching Jessie the handywoman fix one thing after another or hoping Cousin Grady will survive his next blunder!

For ages 2-5.

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BACKPACK EXPLORER: BUG HUNT
BACKPACK EXPLORER: BUG HUNT

BACKPACK EXPLORER: BUG HUNT

Head outside and get the buzz on bugs! Packed with educational prompts and activities, this fourth book in the Backpack Explorer series encourages junior naturalists to spot insects while on a walk in the woods, playing in a park, or searching right outside their front door.

12 interactive field guides help young seekers identify fliers, crawlers, and pollinators, while sensory scavenger hunts, projects such as Weave a Web or Make a Bug Hotel, and cool bug facts boost the insect intrigue. Equipped with real magnifying glass, stickers, and a log for recording sightings, this book is the perfect companion for any nature adventure. Ages 4-8.

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