Learning about and making simple machines is a great way to explore physics with kids. The Kids’ Book of Simple Machines: Cool Projects & Activities that Make Science Fun! by Kelly Doudna (coming out August 25, 2015) is the perfect way to get started.
The Kids’ Book of Simple Machines has concise explanations of the science of simple machines, clear step-by-step instructions, and enticing colorful photographs of the projects. In addition, the background information in the different sections introduces children to famous scientists and inventors, from Archimedes to the Wright brothers.
The six simple machines covered are the lever, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, wheel and axle, and screw. After a brief introduction to each type in the front, the following chapters give more in-depth information, numerous examples of the different simple machines, and several activities and projects to explore the concepts more fully.
Whether you are teaching science in the classroom, after school, or at home, The Kids’ Book of Simple Machines is a well-designed and useful resource. The young makers of the world are going to have hours of fun trying out the activities in this book.
At Growing with Science blog, we have more information and some suggestions for related activities.
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