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Cool Science Experiments for Kids by Sumita Mukherjee

Regular readers of my blog may remember when son1 made a lava pen from Sumita Mukherjee’s “Steam Ahead! DIY for kids” book earlier this year. He really enjoyed this, so was very pleased when we received a free e-copy of Sumita’s latest book “Cool Science Experiments for Kids” free to review.

Cool Science Experiments for kids by Sumita Mukherjee

Here is the book blurb.

With this book all you need to do is gather a few household items and you can recreate dozens of mind-blowing, kid-tested science experiments. Meant for kids between six to ten, it is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction book for children. It introduces kids to the magic of motion, energy, chemistry, art, games, math fun; understanding basic scientific principles and most importantly, having a blast making them. Inside this book you will find projects that bursts, glows, erupts, spins, runs, ticks and more! There is also a BONUS: A FREE downloadable book on young kid inventors and their inventions.

This book is full of fun science activity projects. The first project that son1 chose to do was invisible ink. He wrote his message out with lemon juice, waited for it to dry, then used the heat of a hairdryer to make the message reappear. He was slightly disappointed that some letters were still not very visible after heating. Perhaps we should have used a fresh lemon rather than bottled juice. Reminds me of how I wanted to be a spy as a child. I used to love doing secret messages, although mainly with ciphers.

Invisible Ink

Apologies for the quality of the photo, but this is the message just written on the left, hidden once dry in the middle and then reappears after heating on the right.

Invisible Ink

And then he did a very quick project on lego multiplication, by multiplying the number of studs on a lego brick by the number of bricks. He is quite a maths whizz, so was very speedy with this.

 

lego multiplication

The project also asked which bricks may not be possible to use for the multiplication tables, so son1 identified a selection of lego without studs.

lego

He is planning to make an erupting potion from diet coke and mentos mints next, but I have to buy the ingredients first. We need to visit a bigger supermarket, as our small local one didn’t stock mentos.

Cool Science Experiments for Kids is available on Amazon, currently priced at £12.44 in paperback or £1.54 in Kindle format. I do recommend this book for all its fun scientific projects that children can do at home with minimal adult supervision. It is targeted at children age 6 – 10. And to find out more about the author you may visit her website.

However I do have to say that we couldn’t work out how to download the bonus free downloadable book on young kid inventors and their inventions. I did try clicking, but to no avail.

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Animated Videos including giveaway

Three years ago after his leukaemia diagnosis, whilst son1 was an in-patient at hospital, he attended the school-room there when he felt up to it. One of the things he got to do, was to make a short animated video on their iPad. He found this great fun, so was very pleased when we recently got the opportunity to review something fairly similar for free, namely the stop motion video HUE Animation Studio kit.

HUE Animation Studio

The animation studio kit includes a HUE HD camera, which you can choose to purchase in either red, green or blue. There is also the HUE Book of Animation, a HUE Animation software cd, USB cable plus the box converts into a background for your films if you wish.

Even with the instructions in the book, I did experience some technical difficulties installing the software on my son’s pc. However the support team at HUE were very helpful in getting us up and running.

HUE Animation Studio

Son1 decided he wanted to make a Lego video first. Although he took loads of images, it’s very short, so don’t blink otherwise you may miss it.

Okay it is a bit out of focus, but this was his first attempt. He’s off to read the book before making his next video, to find out tips on how to add sound, since the camera also includes a microphone.

HUE Animation Studio

If you wish to see a clearer promotional video, take a look here.

The HUE Animation Studio kit currently retails at £49.95 and is aimed at children age 6-13. It would make a great Christmas gift in my opinion as it is both fun and educational. And son1 says it is awesome.

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I’d love to hear your favourite animated film or cartoon.

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LEGO Awesome Ideas book review and giveaway

Both the boys are LEGO mad. We have a house full of models that they have built. Things very rarely seem to get unassembled again. And I wouldn’t like to count the number of times I’ve trodden on a piece of LEGO. For something so small, it really hurts. So they were both over the moon when we received a free copy of the new LEGO Awesome Ideas book to review. Their existing LEGO books are really well thumbed, especially the LEGO Star Wars encyclopedia.

LEGO Awesome Ideas book

I had a good look at the book too and it has a wide range of ideas for both small and big LEGO projects to make. Each chapter is based on a theme encompassing outer space, modern metropolis, the wild west, fantasy land and the real world.

LEGO awesome ideas

Although we have loads of LEGO the boys said we wouldn’t have all the pieces needed for any of  the projects, so I expect they will be asking me to buy more LEGO. I suggested they improvise by modifying the designs slightly. So that is what they did. Son 2 made a sweet and a lamp-post whilst son1 made a chocolate. Looked very realistic, but give me real chocolate any day.

LEGO sweet

LEGO chocolate

LEGO chocolate

LEGO lamp-post

LEGO lamp-post

LEGO Awesome Ideas is currently retailing on Amazon in hardback for £11.89 compared to an RRP of £16.99 and is published by Dorling Kindersley. A great value book in my opinion, jam packed with projects, although I noticed that a lot of the bricks in the gallery don’t look like the standard ones we have in our LEGO collection. However never fear, as we have ordered individual LEGO pieces in the past from LEGO.com when we’ve lost an important brick.

LEGO Awesome Ideas. ©2015 The LEGO Group. Produced by Dorling Kindersley under licence from the LEGO Group.

Here’s a trailer for the book.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a copy of the LEGO Awesome Ideas book to one lucky winner.

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LEGO house memories

LEGO is one of my boys favourite toys, so we have lots of it.  We also have a LEGO table, complete with reversible building mats and storage bucket.  But I’m still always finding pieces behind the cushions and under the furniture.  They like the Star Wars Lego range best.  And they also enjoy building their own designed models and have entered a few competitions online or in the LEGO club magazine.  No wins, but they did get a couple of consolation keyrings.

Made by son2

Made by son2

I also enjoyed playing with LEGO as a child.  There wasn’t such a huge range then, but still plenty of choice.  My two favourites were my LEGO kitchen and designing working models with my LEGO cogs and gears.  What does that say about me?  My entire LEGO collection fitted in two shoeboxes, but the boys already have way more than that.  And I remember that my sister had a LEGO family who must have been about 12cm tall.  We didn’t have any minifigures, but perhaps it was before they were invented.  We always used to ask our parents if we could go on holiday to the original Legoland in Denmark, but it never happened.

Anyhow moving on to my favourite LEGO memory.  Who watched James May’s Toy Stories TV series about four years ago?  One of the episodes showed the building of a full-sized house, made entirely of LEGO, which James May lived in.  Well we heard about this during the building phase, as they were getting volunteers to help build it and decided to go along for a visit. Son1 was aged about 3 and a half at the time and was already well into Duplo, but we hadn’t bought LEGO yet as son2 was only a baby. We had a lovely walk from the carpark up through the vineyard, and could easily see our destination. Don’t get many buildings as colourful as LEGO.  We didn’t do any building but it was great to see.  It was still being constructed, but when we watched the programme a few months later, it was nice to see all the interior LEGO features too.  Apparently it even had a flushing LEGO loo.  Brought back memories of my toy LEGO kitchen.  I wonder if my parents still have that in their loft?

A much younger son1 outside the Lego house

A much younger son1 outside the Lego house

Such a shame that it got dismantled.  Apparently it was too expensive to move it to Legoland.  Now that’s another thing on our to-do list.  We must take the boys to visit Legoland sometime.

The boys also love playing the LEGO City Undercover game, so I know they will absolutely love the new movie which comes out next year.  And here’s the LEGO Movie trailer to take a peek at.

This post is my entry to the Tots100 LEGO Movie competition.