Great tools for our nature study!
I bought this for my daughter when she was four years old. We have used it countless times over the past couple of years, mostly for our nature walks and nature studies. Both items are oversized and “chunky”, perfect for younger children. Also, the larger magnifying glass area makes it even easier for multiple children to see what is being viewed at the same time! My daughter has both items packed in her backpack, ready to explore God’s great outdoors!
from Prentice, WI
Great supplement to other curriculum!
I would strongly recommend this as a supplement to a science curriculum for children in upper elementary through high school, but do not in any way think that this qualifies as a full year’s high school curriculum. My autistic 10yo son loved it and learned quite a bit from it, and my daughter was using another curriculum from Timberdoodle for high school biology and found this to be an interesting supplement, but definitely not as intense and comprehensive as the more traditional curriculums. I think it is more middle-school level than high school.
from Crestline, CA
I know this series is billed as for elementary kids, but my rising 5th and 7th graders did it independently and loved it!
As science flunkies (we start, we stop, we don’t accomplish much) we hadn’t completed much, if any formal elementary science. They began this book in late May and I set them a schedule of one chapter per week. They did the reading on their own and discussed questions and completed experiments together. I required them to each keep a notebook of vocabulary and other notes (more for the older child). My younger child, who enjoys art, loved the drawing projects. For my older dd, it was a good introduction to taking notes and reading a text in preparation for high school.
They learned SO MUCH (and not just because they had had little previous science!) My younger dd, especially, still, a year later uses the technical terms she learned in this book, referring to monocots and dicots and intelligently discussing fungi.
They have since moved on to other books in the series, completing them in the same way. I think this is a great series for independent learning for older students.
Sandwich in WI
Upon delivery, I was meeting a friend at the park and happened to have the book with me. I’m somewhat of a compulsive reader and always have some sort of book with me. Anyway, we were discussing her upcoming science class and she was asking me for some easy science experiment ideas for her kindergarten co-op class. I pulled out the book and we started to brainstorm and gather easy almost no-materials required ideas. I lent her the book and offered to come into her class to help.
You’ll be surprised by how hard and tricky some of the experiments in this book are.
This book is full of fun and more in-depth experiments, over 312 pages worth! My boys are always up for a science experiment. When they aren’t building and experimenting themselves my youngest is always one to come and ask me for a fun experiment to try. I found this book to be invaluable, especially for two children who love hands on learning. Other experiments in the book require materials, but almost all can be easily found in your kitchen cupboard.
We thoroughly enjoy using it in our home school. When the kids are whining in our house, I’ll shout out a page number and tell them to go do a science experiment.
I can not tell you enough how neat this bag of science truly is! It arrived today, and my two girls ages 9 and 12 were thrilled with what was inside. I carefully took the time to read the very nifty instruction booklet that came with it. Then I went through the supplies to make sure they were all in the bag. We will be starting the first several of these next week in our homeschool. I am certain that these will be very hard not to do all in one sitting!! It is SO NICE to have everything in one bag. The only things you have to add are items that are likely in your kitchen. The girls especially can’t wait to make soda shoot six feet into the air. Sounds super messy, but great fun for all of us. Thanks Timberdoodle. This was our first order, but we will definitely order again
Not just for Grade School and High School Students
This DVD series is not just for grade school and high school students. I purchased this DVD from Timberdoodle when I signed up for a Biology class in college. I used the DVDs to understand the topics covered in class. At the end of the semester, I ended up getting an “A”. I recommend this DVD to anyone who is has a hard time understanding topics in Biology or is one of your weak areas. This DVD presents information that is well organized, simple and easy to learn. Also, it is mixed with a bit of humor so it’s fun to watch.
The Big Bag of Science is a wonderful bargin! There are so many fun experiments that it is hard to keep the kids to save some for other days. Some experiments do built off each other so watch out you dont throw anything away that you will be needing. I would recommend this kit to any parent!
from Grafton, OH
Still provides hours of enjoyment for my children!
My son asked for this book (Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler) for his 12th birthday and says it was one of the best gifts he ever received. He does experiments out of it all the time. I have had many science experiment books around the house for years, but my children never took an interest in them like this one. My kids, 10, 12, and 14 are always trying something new out of this book and calling us in to see their amazing new find. They have the best fun with it! They are able to do most of the experiments on their own with things that I really do have around the house. I can’t say enough good about it! I am planning to buy another copy or two to give away as gifts.
Okay, I am not as impressed with the 3-D Skeleton puzzle as I thought I would be. The detail is excellent, but the rib cage was difficult to put together and kept falling apart. Also, it wouldn’t stay on the stand once we (yes, it took an 11 year old and an adult) got it together. If I had known how it was, I am not sure I would have purchased this item.
Wendy from Nancy, KY
We purchased two of these (Jumbo Magnifier by Learning Resources) for our toddler twins, and haven’t regretted that purchase for a second! From the large size, to the jumbo handle, this is truly rough and tumble and well suited for toddlers to use. One of my twins would sit for the longest time staring into it, moving it around, looking at things closer, and further away. And i suspect this will be something they play with for years to come, just in different ways. The attached thingy that holds a paper close to the magnifier broke on one of mine- but we don’t really use that part anyway, so its function is still retained. So if you have REALLY rambunctious toddlers- you may have that problem but overall this thing is as strong as steel.
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