Mason Jar Science

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 29 May 2018

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Very informative, well thought out hands on science book.  Great photographs, clear instructions, use of everyday items, and age-appropriate explanation of scientific concepts.
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Lots of fun activities to do with the kids. Easy to follow directions. This will be great for our library programs. Can't wait to try some of them.
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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing a look into this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Mason Jar Science is great for at-home and at-school use.  The best part is that most homes have many of the materials available.  So, as soon as the book arrives, kids can turn the page to find something fun & educational to do!   A must-have for the rainy-day boredom blues!
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This book is a mixed bag much like the other books I've read in this category. 
Most of the experiments in the book don't seem like they'd be that interesting for my daughter and several of the ones that do sound interesting she's done already. That being said, the author does an excellent job describing the science behind the experiments which is something exceptionally rare.
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I was t to review this book to help my niece learn some new and exciting things to make. She already knew a few of the things she already knows but for the most part, they were new things to try. We haven’t tried them all, only a few of them. 
If you are looking for things to keep your child busy, things you can help them do. This is a great book for that! 
This is my honest opinion of this book. The opinions are mine and mine alone.
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As a parent to younger children, and a home educator, Mason Jar Science, by Jonathan Adolph, is incredibly exciting! Who doesn't love a good science experiment, that you can get hands-on with? We love science experiments, the more weird and funky the more excited we get. 

It was apparent from the front cover that this book would appeal to me, it gives a good insight into what is to come. The layout is very easy to look over, the pages are engaging, bright and appealing.

Inside the book, there are a whole host of easy, interactive, exciting activities that are safe for children, and all of them are centered on using a mason jar to carry out the experiment. The instructions are very clearly laid out, with information of all the materials needed for each experiment, each step is then written out clearly and concisely, making it easy to follow. There are scientific facts and related educational information scattered through the book, making it informative as well as great fun! Children from around age 7 should easily be able to read and follow the instructions independently and it would work really well used in group or even class projects.

The experiments are certainly the type that would appeal to children, they can produce the gooiest, sparkliest, most wonderous outcomes while learning the science behind it all.

I would recommend this book to hands-on parents, parents of kids who love to experiment and make cool things, and for anyone who works in an educational role.

I personally would love to add this book to our collection, the experiments appeal to me and I know they would to my children.
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Young scientists will have a blast with the exciting, hand-on activities in Mason Jar Science.   The 40 experiments, divided into five categories, are explained in easy to follow directions and are accompanied by photographs of the project.   This book will be great for individual users as well as teachers looking for fun science activities for their class.
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Loads of fantastic ideas all in one place. Easy to follow instructions and ideas, resources all very clear and this will work perfectly for my science afterschool club!
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I've tried a couple experiments out of this book with my homeschooled 7-year-old and we both LOVE it.  She's so excited to do them, and the instructions are really easy to follow.  She was helping me read them and loved that she could do most of the stuff herself (not the case in other books we've tried).  We're looking forward to doing more experiments in the coming weeks.  Excellent resource for parents of science-minded kids, especially those homeschoolers at a loss about science.  Using the tips on why the reaction occurred, we were able to look up supplementary information and make a full lesson out of it!
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This book is like candy to the budding scientist. It is beautifully laid out, with well- explained experiments and explanations. A fantastic addition to any library, school, or home. With support, even very small children would be excited to try. Excellent for all ages and a fun and educational offering to a maker space as well. Also, the metric conversion chart at the end is a thoughtful touch.
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This is a really, really cool book. Having a 10 year old who loves to do experiments, I was anxious to get this and show it to him. He immediately wanted to try half the projects in the book! What's neat about this book is that the supplies needed are all common household items. We tried several experiments within the first hour of looking through this book. I am excited to purchase a hard copy of this book for my library and another for my son.
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This book was easy to follow and lots of fun even for those of us who do not always understand science.   Fun, easy activities in an easy to follow format.  

GREAT book.
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I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I was really interested in this one, I wanted to see what cool things they were going to do with mason jars, and the first part (with slimes and all that) was great, but after that? 

I just lost my interest. Not only because the experiments were kind of boring, but because I have already read about experiments like this. Tornado in a jar? Check. Ecosystem? Check. Caterpillars? Check. Making a Stalactite? Check. Making candy? Check. And I could go on. I just wished they would pick some new experiments, I am sure there are tons of them out there and it is just a shame that they picked those that are featured heavily already in so many books. I am sure there are tons of new (and more interesting) experiments they could have featured, especially with so many Youtube videos doing a lot of awesome stuff.

But the slimes were fun, though I still think it is funny that it is coming back again, slimes were also popular when I was a kid, though we generally didn't use the ingredients the kids use these days. :P

Plus I did think it was a bit of a shame that some ingredients, but also one or so experiments are just impossible if you live in the EU. Hummingbirds? Sorry, I have only seen them in documentaries or in books, and maybe in the zoo (not sure about that though). Several ingredients are probably found here, but it is hard and would require a lot of asking around, and I have no clue what alternatives would fit. Same goes for measurements or temperatures, I would have to calculate those as well as I am living in a country that uses Metric and Celsius (oh wait, almost everyone uses Celsius :P). There is a chart at the end of the book, but I do think it is easier to just grab my phone or computer instead of flipping back and forth between that page. But it is nice that they at least added a chart, so props to that.

I did like that the information was clear, the steps (along with photos) was nice and easy to follow along, I also liked that we got some extra information that explains the experiments some more. Plus there were also some fun facts that fit with the experiments. 

And kudos to the fact that almost all these experiments can be done without adult supervision. I know that, as a kid, I also much more preferred to do my own thing, and not have an adult hang around to help/do stuff. Kids can just try these on their own. 

But yeah, I had higher expectations. I am not too sure if I would recommend it. It was fun, but again, I would like to see some newer experiments instead of so many of the same ones.
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I was super excited when I realized that I was approved to receive this book, especially over my kids' winter break. My kids and I tried several of the experiments throughout this book and they had such a blast! My eldest daughter's (age 8) favorite experiment was getting to make crystals and my youngest daughter's (age 4) favorite was most definitely getting to make slime. I would definitely recommend this book to any child who has a passion for getting their hands dirty, crafting, and/or science/experiments. This is definitely a book we plan on purchasing in the future.
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Thank you for an ARC of this book. It was very cool! My kids would love the experiments in it, and I plan on doing a few with them! 5 stars!
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This is an interesting book. Many wonderful ideas are found and it is a great way to experience some fun science.
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This is a book of 40 simple and fun science experiments that kids can easily perform with mason jar. The experiments in this book starts from chemistry. and expand to other areas in science in a very-well organized manner. For most experiment, there is an extension that provide children more information about the science behind it. At the beginning of the book, there is also a great chart showing the process of how scientists working in their real day life,  raise question, make assumption, test, validate, back and forth. As a scientist and children's book writer, I cannot overstate how important it is for children to learn  this process. They will benefit from this methodology all their life, not just for solving problem in science, but also in their everyday life. 

Mason jar has been invented for a long time, while the experiments in this book apparently provides it with new blood. With the most trending things like slim in the book, sure kids will like it. I am also quite surprised to see that a lot of the experiments are beautiful! There are highly-decorative science experiments in the book too. This is great, because often times as I read in book, scientists look messy, which is not true in real life at all. A lot scientists are highly-organized, otherwise it would be difficult for us to trace back things. 

I would strongly recommend this book !
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This is a godsend for any one needing to prepare a small science based demonstration for kids of all ages. Many of these experiments have been around in some form or another, while others I have never seen before. There are different recipes for Gak, slime and dough, depending on your needs. All experiments use household or easily obtained items, and several of them can safely be displayed on a desk without harm if you are only making a display.  This covers a broad amount of subjects from weather, to plants, to quicksand and everything is easily explained using correct scientific terms, and explaining the scientific method.
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