Teach Me Book Review: We Dare You! by Vintage Indie

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2009
Genre(s): Science
Publisher(s): Skyhorse Publishing
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Teach Me Book Review: We Dare You! by Vintage Indie

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Teach Me Book Review: We Dare You!

Subtitle: Hundreds of Fund Science, Bets, Challenges, and Experiments You Can Do at Home by Vicki Cobb and Kathy Darling.

A couple of months ago, I was given the opportunity by Timberdoodle to review We Dare You! 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.

Up first, an experiment using two pencils per student called ” Missing The Point” Each experiment is set up with easy flow directions including The Setup and the Insider Information for teaching the lessons. This experiment was set up more like a “bet you can’t” in this case, it was Bet you can’t make two pencil points meet on one try!

The Setup – Take a sharp pencil in each hand. Hold your hands about two feet apart and with the pencil points facing each other. Close one eye. Keep it closed! Now try to get the points to meet.

Sounds easy doesn’t it! You’ll be surprised by how hard and tricky some of the experiments in this book are. Each student found themselves trying the trick over and over, some of them making it happen and others not as easlily. The trick proved that you can’t always belive your eyes. The explanation or Insider Information goes on to explain binocular vision and how your brain calculates the distance of an object.

From the teacher, “I loved this experiment, it was easy to do and not a lot of materials were needed. This made class preparation a breeze.”

No, these children are not in trouble. They’re participating in in another fun “science bet” from We Dare You! titled, Off The Wall?

Wanna bet you can’t stand up? The Setup – Stand with your toes against a wall. Then step back four foot-lengths. With your feet together, lean as far as you can toward the wall, catching yourself with your hands. Rest your forehead against the wall and place your hands at your sides. Now try to stand up. If you don’t move your hand or feet, you will never be upright again.

Looks easy doesn’t it? Go ahead, give it at try!

Want some insider information? The book tells us, that this trick puts your muscle power against the force of gravity. The places where you are supported are called your bases. Instead of pulling on all of your body party equally, gravity acts as if all the matter of your body is focused in oe spot called your center of gravity.

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.

Portions of this review are copyright © Vicki Cobb and Kathy Darling

I would like to thank Timberdoodle for sending this book for our review. 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.  Visit Timberdoodle for any other homeschool supplies or homeschool curriculum.

Truth in Review: Timberdoodle Co. did provide me with a copy of We Dare You! free of charge. I was not paid for the review or require any certain context within my review. All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, Editor Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure for more information.


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