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Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments: From Boiling Ice and Exploding Soap to Erupting Volcanoes and Launching Rockets, 30 Inventive Experiments to Excite the Whole Family! Paperback – Apr 18 2014

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (April 18 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440570779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440570773
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments has those amazing (but messy) projects...that he will love to do with the kids." --Parents Magazine

"Explosive(ly) ... Awesome." --The Denver Post

"Mike Adamick's book...explains how to do the projects and then has a section called 'Why it Works' to explain the science behind the thing you just blew up. It's especially good for the early elementary school set, but it could inspire variations for those old kiddos." --Austin-American Statesman

"A truly great book with 30 experiments that will be fun for the whole family, and that will help you teach your kids science concepts. We are enjoying Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments and definitely recommend it." --Stuff Parents Need

"If you're a fan of science experiments and want to do some with your kids, there are a lot of experiments in this book. Most of them are easy to do with really good instructions and pictures.... This is a very giftable book." --Time to Play Magazine

About the Author

Mike Adamick is the author of Dad's Book of Awesome Projects and a stay-at-home dad who writes for the Adventures in Learning science blog at, the San Francisco Chronicle, KQED Radio, Disney's parenting website,, and the Daddy Issues column on His work has also appeared in the New York Times, McSweeney's, Details magazine, NPR, and other media outlets.

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Are your children interested in science? Are you a little leery of letting them experiment? Well, this book helps to put your mind at ease. If you have youngsters, take heart, Dad's book of Awesome Science Experiments is here for you. :)

I received this book from Adams Media so that I could give you my honest opinion of it. :) It's science.. I love science. :) My son is nine, and we have done a lot of the experiments in this book already, there's a few that he hasn't so I been giving him the book as saying, which one would you like to do?

I have to admit, that at age nine, if it doesn't explode or shoot off sparks or do something flashy, he's kinda like.. Oh, that interesting, but that's about as far as it goes. :) (sorry, that's just where's he's at right now). But he did manage to find a few that he was interested in. Here is one we did today. In this experiment he was to see if he could get a balloon to expand in hot water, and then see what would happen in cold water. He did it and said "meh", and then thought he'd punch it up a bit.. so he tried a few different things with it until he was done trying them out. :) It was a good morning.

BUT that is what I like with this book. It encourages children to simply try different things if they didn't like how it turned out, or it didn't work in the first place. Just try. Be safe, but try it out.

So what do you get with this book?
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30 inventive science experiments.
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HASH(0x9f959e90) out of 5 stars Better Than Pinterest! April 18 2014
By BleedingSweat - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
For full disclosure, I was provided this book for review by the author. That being said, the opinion within is mine and my sons'.

First off, let me just say that as a SAHD (stay at home dad) I'm constantly on the lookout for stuff to do with my sons. Sure, getting on the floor and playing blocks and superheroes is great, but they just aren't the same as getting 'hands on' with your crafts. So, doing what most parents do, I jumped on the interwebs! And I found that weaving through Pinterest was clumsy at best. You click the pin, go to a site, then most times you realize you have to click through again to get to the actual site with the project on it. And, often, that's the only project listed on said site. It's time-consuming and clunky.

Then, Mr. Adamick, wrote a book that made me burn with envy "Dad's Book of Awesome Projects: From Stilts and Super-Hero Capes to Tinker Boxes and Seesaws, 25+ Fun Do-It-Yourself Projects for Families". Why? Because it was the book, I wanted to write...but hadn't. Then, I got the notification that there would be a follow-up book and I thought, "What else do we need? What is he going to build? An internal combustion engine out of tinfoil and rubberbands?"

I was excited to hear it was going to be about science! My son is turning 5 this summer, and he is SO curious about how the world works and WHY it works the way it does. And, we spend a lot of time on google looking for neat projects. Google no longer! This book is it. It's just as awesome as the first one. Included with each experiment, is an explanation of the science behind what's happening that doesn't talk down to parents nor does it speak over anyone's head. SCORE!

There are a ton of pictures to let your kids peruse through the book and say, "I want to do THAT one!" So far, I've only had to make a trip to the store for supplies once. (Because I don't drink Diet Coke, and my son DESPERATELY wanted to make a rocket!) Most of the items for the experiments are either readily available at home, or can be picked up at the grocery store (or local big box store). I like that.

There is nothing worse than coming across something cool to do online only to discover that I need to gather up a long list of obscure items to make said cool thing happen. And if you're browsing with your kids, they get excited only to be let down when they find out that you need 3 pounds of industrial strength glitter and a high powered fan to make it work. Add to that, THIS IS EDUCATIONAL!

I like to set up one experiment a week to do with my sons. This allows them to take part in making sure we get all of the items we need to make it work. This gives them a sense of ownership of the experiment. It also teaches them important things like planning things in advance! In every experiment, Mike has made sure to include steps that almost any kid can do. In doing this, it makes sure the kids are part of the action and not just bystanders. They are ACTUALLY DOING SCIENCE! (My son's words.) Plus, it helps teach teamwork.

The only problem I have with this book is, that I didn't think of it first. Father's Day is coming might want to put this on the short-list of awesome things to get.

Moms: This is better than a tie.
Kids: This is WAY better than a tie!
Dads: Do you really want another tie?

What are you waiting for? Buy this book!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f959ee4) out of 5 stars Buy this book! Aug. 6 2014
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My five grandchildren were coming for a week-long visit, so I ordered this book to get ideas for fun things to do with them. We had a great time doing some of the experiments, and I really appreciated the clear directions and illustrations. The children range in age from 20 months to nine years, so I didn't spend a lot of time explaining the scientific principles, but I did let the kids do as much as they could for each experiment. We started with the Ivory soap in the microwave; the kids were amazed! Then we polished pennies with vinegar and salt; that was ok. They loved the density experiment with layers of colored liquids (we did the one you can drink)! We had fun with the balloon rockets on a string (we tied it to the top of our deck and sent the rockets up from the yard). The grand finale was the Diet Coke and Mento rocket - so much fun, although I told the kids they had to keep watching since it's over quickly. My husband took lots of photos of our experiments and a video of the Diet Coke rocket so we could watch it again. Next time the grandkids visit we'll try some more ideas from this great book!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f86f0e4) out of 5 stars Easy, fun, and educational projects to do with kids Aug. 22 2014
By M. Schneider - Published on
Format: Paperback
My two boys (9 and 6) and I love this book. The experiments are a lot of fun, most of the items can be found around the house, and we are learning/re-learning a ton about science in an authentic way. Great activity book for parents looking for easy projects to do with their kids.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f86f600) out of 5 stars Great fun all summer! Aug. 22 2014
By Courtney B - Published on
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I got this book for my husband to play with our daughter but I ended up using it while he was gone working all summer. It was awesome! She loves exploring science and even if an experiment doesn't come out the way we thought it would she loved finding out that result too! I know we'll use this book more in the future with our next child as well. Great job!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f86f618) out of 5 stars Making memories, one experiment at a time April 22 2014
By MindfulDad - Published on
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Not only does this book help kids learn, but it takes the approach that famed professor Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture) called, "the head fake," meaning that the kids are having fun doing science, and that learning is a byproduct of that joy. My kids and I have vowed to do at least one experiment a day over the summer, and I think that is an easily attainable goal, since Adamick's experiments are not only easy enough to accomplish one day at a time, but they are also designed with the working parent in mind (i.e., inexpensive). This book is going to make a perfect accompaniment to summer fun, as it will not only provide memories of time spent with dad, but it will also keep their brains engaged, rather than turn to mush by watching TV or playing video games all summer long.