Ponca City, OK (PRWEB) December 21, 2013
How about giving science as a gift this year? You can spark a world of wonder through hands-on discovery of science either through books or a kit. Books are always a great choice for that last minute gift. Your local book store probably has a host of science and hands-on titles as well as your online book retailer. Check out the recommendations from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (http://www.aaas.org) or the winning books from the National Science Teachers Association for 2014 (http://www.nsta.org/publications/ostb/ostb2014.aspx). The key is to pick a book that interests the intended recipient. Science activity books focus on a variety of topics – airplanes, chemistry, rocks, bugs, plants, ocean life, yo-yos, toys, etc. So surely there is the perfect topic for that special someone.
Don’t just want to give the book – how about a book and an activity? KlutzTM, Discovery StoreTM and other specialty retailers have a host of kits and activities that are available. The old chemistry set and electronics kits have been revamped and redesigned. There are a host of likely candidates for that inquisitive child, student, budding inventor or scientist.
As science activities tend to become group and social activities, safety is a critical consideration. If you are a grandparent, friend, aunt or uncle, you may want to think about a resource or two for the parent of that budding engineer or scientist. Dr. Frankie Wood-Black has published a book titled “Staying Safe while Conducting Hands-On Science: Guidelines for Parents and Adults Conducting Hands-On Science with Children” that may be useful, particularly if you think that hands-on science is going to be a regular home activity.
Some other tips to help you pick a safe and fun activity include:
In addition to the specific information included in the kit or activity, you can also find additional safety recommendations on-line through some non-profit organizations such as http://www.safekids.org or http://www.toyinfo.org.
So give the gift of encouragement and continuing fun by giving a science related hands-on activity.
Dr. Frankie Wood-Black is a Principal at Sophic Pursuits, Inc. an environmental consulting and educational materials provider. She can be contacted at fwblack(at)sophicpursuits(dot)com or at 580-761-3703. She also writes a science activities blog sophicpursuits.wordpress.com.