Simple Machines

Photographs by Ray Boudreau; published by Kids Can Press

Thirteen experiments about the six simple machines — the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge and screw — teach kids about basic science. Full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions clearly explain each activity, so that children can explore the machines with minimal help from adults.

Kids can use a wheel and axle to whip up a batch of bubbles, make a funny fruit face out of wedges, or lift a candy just by blowing on it.

Simple Machines encourages children to have fun as they learn basic science, and it fills a need for primary-level science resources.

• Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award for Outstanding Activity Book
• Parents’ Choice Approval

“… offers simple science activities in an appealing format.” Booklist

Until now, there haven’t been many good books of experiments for young children that deal with basic scientific principles and include projects that are not only fun, but easy to understand and replicate. [This book] will provide just the needed direction for hours of enjoyable learning.” ForeWord

“Deborah Hodge has written a practical, useful, and exciting resource for parents and primary-school teachers … The photographs are eye catching and colorful and emphasize ethnic and gender diversity in learning and doing science.” Science Books and Film

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