As the kid who hated science nearly all her life I could not stress more the importance of a book like Science in a Jar by Julia Garstecki. I don’t know how much earlier exposure to really fascinating pieces of science would have increased my interest, but I like to think that it would have. And Science in a Jar is pretty much just as it states, a collection of fun and engaging science experiments for kids that you can complete all within the confines of a jar-like space. I have to admit, I loved that about this book.
Ultimately the experiments are all fairly simple, easy enough for any parent to do with their child. Some a kiddo, depending on their age, might even be able to manage all on their own. Of course, parent supervision is always a must with these sort of things. I could even see an older sibling doing these experiments with their younger brother or sister, which would be pretty brilliant. Ultimately, they all include the use of a “jar” in one way or another and the science varies from subject to subject.
While one experiment may relate more to life science, another might relate more to chemistry.
I wish I’d had a book like this in my life as a child. Though I actually do have memories of doing some similar experiments in my youth (that egg in vinegar one is actually quite fascinating, if a little gross), I find that my lack of interest in science did hinder me somewhat as I got older. It would have been nice to see if a book like this might have changed that. This is definitely a book I would recommend to all parents. There’s a lot of useful aspects to having a guide to science opportunities within one’s everyday lives.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.