This week the kiddies have been getting involved in lots of STEM challenges using these fun new titles due to be released this week from Carlton Books.
Each book is packed with simple explanations on interesting topics such as How do Mobile Phones Work? Why do we have Seasons? How do Solar Panels Work? and What is Probability?
Aimed at children 7+ DS7 and DS10 have both been flicking through each book, having a read and looking at the fun illustrations. Each area of learning has a puzzle activity to complete in the book and a simple do-at-home experiment to carry out.
'Why do ice lollies melt? How do your lungs work? How do you digest your lunch? With the help of dynamic illustrations and fun activities, My STEM Day Science takes you through the day and explain how incredible science underpins everything you do.
Starting in the morning and working through the day, you'll find out how science lies behind so many everyday tasks and objects. Every page is filled with amazing original illustrations which explain science ideas in a fun and simple way. Plus there are experiments, projects and activities for readers to try themselves, helping to bring science to life.'
DS7 has been learning all about food webs and tracing individual food chains. The child-friendly text is written in bite-sized chunks and the illustrations are bright and colourful.
DS7 says, 'I love these STEM books, I have learnt lots of new things. My favourite part in the Science book is the Disgusting Digestion page where I drew my own plate of food and I made my own mushy mash-up!'
'How does a radio work? What's inside a light bulb? How can machines read barcodes? My Stem Day: Technology explains everything about the gadgets and machines you come across in everyday life.
Taking you from waking up in the morning through to the last thing at night, you'll find out how technology powers many of the interactions of the average day. Every page is filled with amazing original illustrations which communicate technology concepts in a way that's easy to grasp. Plus there are a host of experiments, projects and activities to try - making technology learning fun.'
DD4 joined in learning about yeast action where she made her own bread rolls. These books are great to introduce young children to STEM subjects. DS7 enjoyed reading the text and following the intructions carefully as he carried out each challenge.
'How do traffic lights work? What's the strongest shape? How can you build a super-fast zipwire? With the help of dynamic illustrations and fun activities, My STEM Day: Engineering takes you through the day and explains how engineering has a role in everyday tasks, from cooling your food to making your toilet flush.
Discover how engineering powers everything from the journey to school to your night-time bath, and everything in between.There are tons of experiments, projects and activities for readers to try themselves, and every page is filled with amazing original illustrations which explain engineering concepts in a fun and accessible way.'
DS7 set up this simple experiment to see which substance would clean his coins. He really thought the vinegar would make his tuppence much more dirty! He was very surprised with his results the following day! Each experiment can be easily carried using everyday household objects. You don't need to go out and buy anything extra. STEM Day: Engineering is an informative book full of colourful graphics and detailed scientific facts which helps him relate everyday experiences to engineering knowhow.
'What does it really mean when you give 100%? How does money work? Can you measure your volume while taking a bath? With the help of dynamic illustrations and fun activities, My STEM Day explains how marvellous maths is right behind a whole host of everyday activities.
Follow the clock through an average day, and find out how maths makes a difference in a huge amount of activities outside the classroom. The pages are filled with unique, fun and original illustrations, not to mention projects and experiments that turns maths from a scary challenge into a playful pastime.'
DS7 enjoyed this great 'hands on' learning activity. He used his Lego bricks to design a house whilst working out the perimeter and area of each room. My STEM Day: Maths encourages learning through play and shows children that Maths is all around them everyday.
If you're looking for some fun STEM activity books packed with lesson ideas then I would recommend these new books from Carlton Books. Each book has been endorsed by a leading STEM educational consultant and is brimming with exciting puzzles, contemporary illustrations and engaging text ready to inform young minds.
Hot off the press this week, at a great price, here are the links for further information or to place your orders:
Disclaimer: These books were gifted to us in order to review. All opinions are my own.