Non Fiction Review: Real Chemistry Experiments

Real Chemistry Experiments by Edward P. Zovinka PhD
Real Chemistry Experiments: 40 Exciting STEAM Activities for Kids
by Edward P. Zovinka PhD

4 out of 5 stars

This one is for the problem-solvers, the explorers, and those with curious minds! This book begins with an introduction to the different areas of chemistry, and the types of chemists who study biochemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, even green chemistry which studies how to reduce waste.

The experiments are divided into chapters by Matter, Gases, Chemical Reactions, and Polymers. Although the book talks about atoms, protons, density, noble gases, air pressure, and other scientific terms, a child doesn’t have to understand the complexities of the science in order to do the experiments and have fun!
The experiments use materials like plastic cups, vinegar, straws, molding clay, and balloons, and other household items. It’s very accessible and easy to set up. There are also cautionary instructions that tell the child when to ask an adult for help. The projects look like so much fun!

With each experiment, there is a small text box that has the STEAM connection showing how the experiment uses math, engineering, or physics in addition to chemistry. There are also Observation questions for the child to answer, as they learn to be scientific observers and collect their data.

There are really colorful and clear photographs showing each stage of the project, and with children modeled in the photos demonstrating how to do the experiment. It really made it easy to visualize how to do each experiment!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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