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Fire Bubbles & Naked Eggs Book Set – 12 Days of Wonder

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

We have reached Day #12, our final day in our 12 Days of Wonder. Today’s spotlight is Steve Spangler Book Set – Fire Bubbles & Exploding Toothpaste and Naked Eggs & Flying Potatoes .

This is our final day of the 12 Days of Wonder, but continue to check the Deal of the Day every day for great savings on science toys and kits. Or, sign up to receive a daily Deal of the Day email.

Steve Spangler Science is celebrating the 12 Days of Wonder and highlighting our top 12 science toys and kits that are perfect to put under the tree. As blog editor, social media coordinator and mom of two budding scientists, I will share my review of each product.

Day 12 of the 12 Days of Wonder features the Steve Spangler Book Set – Fire Bubbles & Exploding Toothpaste and Naked Eggs & Flying Potatoes .

Today only, this kit is our DEAL of the Day for $14.99. Regular price is $24.99.

My Review: 

Steve Spangler published his first book, Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes in 2010 and it was an instant hit for science fans and teachers everywhere. In 2011, his second book, Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste was published to the delight of his fans.

If you are looking for a book of science experiments to do with your children, Naked Eggs and Fire Bubbles are the perfect books. Each book offers a variety of experiments to do at home or at school with clear instructions, a list of simple materials, and a lesson on the science behind the activity. The experiments are easy to follow with “Let’s Try It,” “What’s Going on Here,” “Real World Applications” and “Take it Further” sections.

Fire Bubbles also offers a special “Teachers Only” section full of science demonstrations for the classroom teacher. And yes, these books make the perfect teacher gift this holiday season.

My favorite part of both books are the color photographs. Who knew science photography could be so captivating and breath-taking?

Here is a short list of experiments available in Naked Eggs:

  • Bubbling Lava Bottle
  • The Incredible Can Crusher
  • Nails for Breakfast
  • The Folding Egg
  • Quicksand Goo
  • Screaming Balloon
  • Burning Money
  • Trash Can Smoke Rings
  • Glacier Gak
  • Flying Toilet Paper

Here is a short list of the experiments in Fire Bubbles:

  • Floating Bowling Balls
  • Pop Bottle Music
  • Bouncing Smoke Bubbles
  • Walking on Eggshells
  • Balancing Nails
  • Fireproof Balloon
  • Skateboard Rocket Car

You can’t beat today’s price for both books. Purchase the set for the Deal of the Day and receive both books for the price of one. They are beautiful coffee table, classroom companion, kitchen science, or homeschooling science lessons books and so much more.

 

Shaker Slime – 12 Days of Wonder

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

We are featuring Shaker Slime on our second day of wonder. As we march full steam into December, Steve Spangler Science is celebrating the 12 Days of Wonder and highlighting our top 12 science toys and kits that are perfect to put under the tree. As blog editor, social media coordinator and mom of two budding scientists, I will share my review of each product. Steve Spangler Science also found 12 respected, popular mom bloggers to each test and review one of our 12 science gifts. I will include a link to their blogs and their honest reviews of each gift idea at the bottom of this post. Today, Cara Scott from Macaroni Kid shares her review. The kit is also the Deal of the Day. So check our blog every day for the next few weeks to learn all about our 12 Days of Wonder.

Day 2 of the 12 Days of Wonder features the Shaker Slime Kit.

Today only, this kit is our DEAL of the Day for $10.79. Regular price is $17.99.

 

My Review: 

 

I have worked for Steve Spangler Science for over six years. I can safely say I’m familiar with making slime  with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) or Elmer’s Glue and Borax. I understand the science of polymers – they are long strands of molecules that slip around like cooked spaghetti. Add a cross-linker like Borax and it will link all of the strands to make slime. I have made slime during Halloween parties, birthday parties and for science club. It’s always greeted with enthusiasm and excitement.

My children have made slime many times over. They never grow tired of mixing it and then stretching it.

When I took the Be Amazing! Shaker Slime Kit developed by Steve Spangler Science off the shelf, I was confident I could do the review without opening the box. I was wrong.

Although I’ve made slime many, many times, I have never used this specific kit. This kit is the ultimate slime kit for making different slimy recipes and experimenting with a variety of substances. If the child on your list is in fact a child or even a grown child, this slime kit is perfect.

Slime is also perfect for those with special needs with its tactile uses. Even adults like to touch it and play with it. It stretches, it breaks apart and splats on the table.

This kit comes with three bottles of slime mixture and enough cross-linker to make multiple concoctions. It also contains three Shaker Slime cups to mix and store your slime, a wooden stir stick, measuring scoop and measuring cup. You don’t need to add anything to this kit besides your imagination.

Mix up a batch of green slime and then jump over to the clear slime and make it as is or add one of the True Color tablets to make a custom color. Then make rubber slime or half and half slime – two types of slime I had never made before this kit. Even someone experienced in slime mixing found new concoctions and mixtures. We also blew slime bubbles.

My favorite part of all Steve Spangler Science kits and educational toys is the encouragement to take it beyond the directions. This kit comes with eight detailed activities and then sets the scientist off to experiment and discover new recipes and slime mixtures.

 

Blogger Review: 

 

Read the Review from Cara Scott from Lakewood Macaroni Kid >

 

Many thanks to Cara and Macaroni Kid for testing our Shaker Slime Kit. Visit Macaroni Kid for family-kid friendly activities and printables. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Order Your Copy of Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes

Last night we gave away several copies of my new book,  Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes on Facebook and Twitter. We had a lot of fun chatting with some amazing teachers, parents and science enthusiasts and asking Steve Spangler Science trivia questions. In all, we gave away over 20 copies of the book. Now here’s your chance to own the book before it becomes available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Greenleaf Book Group gave us 200 advance copies to sell before the September 13th release date. I’ll even sign the books during this special pre-sale time. If you want a book before everyone else gets it, grab one today.

BUY NAKED EGGS AND FLYING POTATOES NOW

The new book contains easy experiments for the whole family – for science night, homeschooling science activities and science fair experiment ideas.

Here’s what people are already saying about Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes

“Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes totally brings life to science in a fun and very engaging way. The pictures that accompany each experiment help to provide a great step-by-step visual which entices the reader to want to want to jump right in and start experimenting. As a parent, I appreciated and valued so much about this book. I highly recommend this book.” - Lori C. on her blog Lori’s LOLz. Click the link to read the entire review.

“What is most striking about this amazing book is the number and quality of photographs that are included. Sometimes the most difficult thing about performing an experiment or demonstration is not knowing what it looks like as you do it. This book solves that problem!” – Ellen P in Virginia.

“Steve loved the photography WOW and the experiments are well written. I loved the take it further section. It really makes you think out of the box. You did miss one warning though. There should be one “Do NOT read this book while eating. May cause choking do to laughter.” We will recommend this book to everyone we know. It is a must have book for kids and adults who haven’t grown up yet (or those in their second childhood). – Steve & Carissa W. in California

Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes – Spangler's Latest Book of Cool Science Experiments

Naked Eggs Flying Potatoes Book Steve Spangler

With a title like Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes, you know that this probably isn’t going to be your ordinary book of experiments. At the early stages of writing this book, we had to put our heads together and try to think of a way to make this book different from the thousands of science experiment books out there. It’s true… just saying the words science experiment book will spawn a contagious outbreak of uncontrollable yawns followed by hours of sleep. So, how was I going to inspire my team to help me create a book that was different? Take a look…

We started by building a list of the most popular science experiments that I’ve had the opportunity to present over the years – in the classroom, on television and on our website. The next step was to use amazing photography to capture the wow-factor of each activity. It’s no different that thumbing through the pages of a great cookbook… the photos grab your attention and entice you to read more about the recipe.

Colorado Signing at the Tattered Cover Book Store

Thursday, September 16, 2010 – 6:00 PM

The Egg Drop Science Experiment from Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler

Thanks to an amazingly creative editorial team, we took nearly 4,000 photographs over the course of 7 months and had to narrow down the final selection to 248 photos in a book that’s 160 pages. With all of this emphasis on photos, we hoped that the writing didn’t take a back seat. Our concern was answered when we received this review from a person who got their hands on an advance copy.

“If science books were like this when I was a kid, things might have been different for me! The first thing that grabs your attention is the photography – amazing photos that detail the entire process, and there’s no disappointment when it comes to the writing. After reading just a few pages, you can see that this guy is seriously funny.”

The end result is a book that oozes our passion for making science fun. If all goes well, that ooze is going to be contagious.