If you haven’t had the chance, and you have some time on your hands to drool a little, stop on over to Jen’s Wildflowers and Marbles and take a look at her book selection for budding young engineers. My 14yo ds has enjoyed The New Way Things Work
for quite a few years and now uses it to teach his younger brothers. My ds Young Edison has a few more ideas to share!
As far as learning toys go, Jen had some great recommendations. Snap Circuits PRO SC-500
is one of our favorites here. It taught ME how electricity worked. it is definitely worth it getting the larger set as it does more.
Don’t forget the simple machines contained in many of the LEGO sets, especially the LEGO Technic line and many of the KNEX sets.
Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Set – 150-Piece Set
andGizmos and Gears
, from Learning Resources are great learning toys for the younger ones (3-10), and the Learning Resources M-Gears Building Set
are great for ages 7-12.
Ooh yes! One more thing!Snowball Launchers, Giant-Pumpkin Growers, and Other Cool Contraptions
by Tom Fox. (A fellow Magnum Opus Catholic Homeschooler!)
We did a whole architecture unit a few years ago using David Macaulay’s other work using both the books and the DVDs complete with the cool projects done by ZOOM at the end of each program…fun fun! I THOUGHT I had blogged about it before, but I can’t find it. I will wrack ds’s brain and share the resources we used…another unit that was a blast to complete. Talk about hands-on-learning!! Science is definitely NOT boring around here!!