Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler. Homeschool subjects covered: science experiments, chemistry, physical science, hands-on science.
Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes arrived at our house, and immediately my son snatched it up, ran to get his neighbor friend, and started working on some of the fun experiments in this book, totally captivated. I believe this is probably the most fun and doable science experiment book I've ever found - one of our "finds" of the year! Nearly every page has beautiful full-color photos (more than 240) of how to do the experiment, and the results. It also has funny and engaging text that actually teaches how and why these experiments work. This book is a work of art! And, if a book makes my kids love science, then I love that book!
Some of the fun experiments (there are more than 30 in the book) include making a simple potato bazooka, creating a lava bottle, red cabbage chemistry, building a 7-layer density column, the old egg-in-a-bottle trick, recipes for homemade goo, and the perpetually captivating mentos-in-coke fountain. Of course, there are actually lessons to be learned amid all this fun, goo, and explosive creativity! One of the first experiments in the book involves jamming drinking straws through a potato - a nifty trick that will amaze your audience, because they won't be able to duplicate it without knowing the scientific principle behind it.
Author Steve Spangler says it like this, "You know exactly where to go next. Open the refrigerator and search for your favorite fruits and veggies that seem to be best suited for a straw attack. The real secret is inside the straw - it's air..." Well, you'll have to get the book to find out how to do this fun trick. This book would make a great lab book for Chemistry 101 - or any of the Chemistry courses on our website.
Please note that Steve Spangler has been a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres show, so Ellen appears in 5 of the 240+ photos to demonstrate an experiment.
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