Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes is Steve Spangler’s newest book and it is without doubt a book jam-packed with unforgettable experiments that makes science a whole lot of fun for the whole family!
Life Science, Biology, and Physics are the 3 science courses being studied in our home this year, and when any one of my children begin gathering their materials for a science lab, I spy my other two children slowly and silently slinking into the kitchen to watch and become engaged in the experiment. So when I asked who wanted to check out some experiments in the Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes, I got some very enthusiastic responses from my children.
Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes totally brings life to science in a fun and very engaging way. The pictures that accompany each experiment help to provide a great step-by-step visual which entices the reader to want to jump right in and start experimenting.
As a parent, I appreciated and valued so much about this book. There is a clear and easy to follow explanation of what’s going on in each experiment with some very witty comments that the kids will love. For instance, “This action is similar to what happens when you drink from a straw. Though we say we are “sucking” liquid up through the straw, we really aren’t. To put it simply, science doesn’t suck…it just pushes and pulls.”
There’s also a simple list of materials needed for each experiment and if you flip through the book you’ll see that what’s needed for many of these experiments are household items. Safety rules are provided where necessary and many of the experiments have variations so you can take it one step further.
The book will be released Monday, September 13th and can be ordered here. I highly recommend this 160-page soft cover book with 248 color photographs for all ages.
Check out some of the experiments we tried:
“The Incredible Can Crusher” was our first experiment and below are the steps that we followed:
1- Rinsed pop cans
2- Filled a Tupperware container with cold water and added ice to make it colder
3- Added Tbsp. of water to a pop can
4- Put pop can on the stove over high heat
5- When the water vapor started coming out of the can we waited one more minute
6- Then we used tongs to lift the pop can, turn it upside down, and plunge it into the cold water and we had instant incredible crushed pop cans
We had one misfire during this experiment because on one try we let the hot water pour out of the can before the can hit the cold water.
Second Try…Success and Smiles!
Next we tried “Floating Water” which was a simple experiment but oh so magically curious that we all wanted to do this one over and over again. We filled a glass almost full with water, placed a plate on top of the water glass, held the glass tight and flipped it over. How does that liquid stay in there? And what would happen if we used cardboard instead of a plate and what would happen if we used less water? So we tried it.
“The Egg Drop “was my favorite out of all the experiments we tried. You can see the setup below, except we used a a metal square pan instead of the suggested metal pie pan. The science is to get the egg to fall into the water.
Check out these pictures and videos to see our experiment in action.
OPPS! The square metal pan didn’t work so we used a bowl shaped similarly to a pie pan
“Floating Ping-Pong Balls and Flying Toilet Paper was the one that lasted the longest. Simply hold a Ping-Pong ball above a hair dryer, turn the hair dryer on, and let go of the Ping-Pong ball. Watch it hoover in midair. So my kids couldn’t stop at one, they needed to see how many they could get to stay in midair at once. We tried and tried and only got 2 up in the air at once, but this is one of those experiments that we’ll do over and over again. The fun part was not only actually doing the experiment, but finding out what is going on to make the Ping-Pong ball do what it did.
FYI, for all of my Colorado readers-Steve Spangler will be doing a book signing at the Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranch at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 16th.
Disclosure: I received Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes for free and it had no influence on my review. This is one awesome, got to have book of science experiments.