Stuff We Like: Budding Scientists
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Nickelodeon may have been sliming celebs at their Kids’ Choice Awards for years (and on Slime Time Live long before that), but now your kid can have some surprise gross-out fun right at home—and learn something in the process. Created by a then fourth-grade entrepreneur (he’s 17 now and still experimenting away), Connor’s Kits for Kids provides allowance-friendly science projects that children will love (enough materials for multiple tries, cool ideas designed by a kid for kids) and about which adults can rest easy (non-hazardous materials, independently lab-tested…and a house safe from ransacking). Just try resisting this Polymer Power kit. (Ages 8 and up; $17.95; kitsforkids.com)
For older children or parents who want to learn in an engaging way with their kids, Richard Dawkins’s latest, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True ($29.99; amazon.com) offers more than a glimpse into how the world works. Delving into how primitive people explained all sorts of questions—the Vikings believing that a rainbow was the gods’ bridge to the earth, for instance—with vivid illustrations and stories, the real beauty of this book lies in the scientific explanations of these phenomena. This one’s a keeper on the family bookshelf that will challenge and interest every member of your family for years to come.