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Toy lab
Ross, Michael Elsohn, 1952-
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Publication Information:
Carolrhoda Books / Minneapolis, Minn., [publisher not identified], [2003]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Explains how to do experiments related to various scientific principles using different kinds of toys.
General Note:
Includes index.
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Explaining how to do experiments related to various scientific principles using different kinds of toys, this book helps kids understand basic scientific theories.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Using the scientific method, youngsters are encouraged to experiment with toys like Slinkies, Silly Putty, Frisbees, and blocks to learn about flight, gravity, matter, pressure and waves, and objects in motion. Each chapter lists toys that could be used to examine the properties introduced, briefly defines the "Big Idea," and gives examples of hypothetical experiments. Children's natural questioning about why these toys do what they do should lead to "what if" types of questions, which should lead to testing of their theories. Cartoon-style illustrations are mostly to add interest; only those on the "Big Idea" pages add information to the text. Toy Lab should pique youngsters' interest, even those who are not usually drawn to scientific experiments, and will give students some ideas for science fair projects as well.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

The Toy Labp. 4
The Scientific Methodp. 9
Weird Stuff and Strange Substancesp. 10
What's the Big Idea?
Matterp. 12
Kid Experiments
Questioning Gloopp. 13
Putty Playp. 14
Flying Disks and Soaring Peasp. 16
What's the Big Idea?
Flightp. 18
Kid Experiments
Excess Baggagep. 19
Big Disk, Little Diskp. 20
The Flight of the Frisbeep. 22
Little Squirts and Big Wavesp. 24
What's the Big Idea?
Pressurep. 26
Wavesp. 27
Kid Experiments
Big Squirtp. 28
The Best Balloonsp. 29
Pressure's Onp. 30
Towers, Bridges, and Rampsp. 32
What's the Big Idea?
Gravityp. 34
Kid Experiments
Arches and Spiralsp. 35
Rolling Towersp. 35
Fast Rampsp. 36
Spinning, Turning, and Stoppingp. 38
What's the Big Idea?
Objects in Motionp. 40
Kid Experiments
A Twirling Ballerinap. 41
Sharp Curves and Short Stopsp. 42
Space Toysp. 44
Glossaryp. 47
Indexp. 48