Raincoast Books sent me this tearing, folding, cutting, drawing, constructing and experimenting book called Self-Destructing Science: Space book to review. It’s a neat book about 8 x 11 inches filled with different ways to explore outer space. When you are finished with the book, the book will finished!
Contained within the 64 pages are activities ranging from framing the stars, to starting a colony of alien space bugs. How about challenging a friend to a Mars rover race or building a rocket?
Learn about the planets, and space gear. Being an astronaut and how to make a big bang. The sheer variety of activities will delight and amaze children age 8-12.
Be do be warned. The pages of this book are packed full of run and exciting science-based projects that use up it’s pages. You will tear, fold, bend, cut, experiment and scribble your way through exciting discoveries of outer space. All you need is your imagination, the pages of this book and a few simple household ingredients. You’ll find easy to follow instructions and great illustrations to guide your way. Why not have fun learning?
I loved that each experiment/activity was self-contained. In other words, doing one page wouldn’t prevent you from doing another. Only one activity per page. The sheer variety… games, experiments, cut and paste. This book is not just worksheets or similar types of work. There is excellent variety. I didn’t find all of the projects easy to understand, for instance the galaxy one left me feeling befuddled. For the most part though they were easy to understand and should be easy to complete. Working through this book (if you bought one per student) would be a great way of studying space together with a group of students in a co-op setting.
My Son’s Thoughts:
I think this would be a fun book to do. I think some of the activities I would have to figure out by doing them. It would be fun to do some of these with other children as well.