Science of Everyday Objects is a free book written by Douglas and Pakaket Alford and is freely available for teachers to copy for classroom use. I think it is also a very useful resource to share with families where children are still learning at home. It is not based on the National Curriculum so it is interesting and fascinating but will not cover the same topics as will be covered in school science lessons.
To read it on a smart phone or tablet, one has to Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are. On computers it will just play in the browser.
At the start of the book it asks:
- What is the science in common objects?
- Where do the ideas for discoverers and inventions come from?
- How do everyday items lead to more clever ideas and more inventions?
The book is easy reading and is well-illustrated. It is really a set of amazing facts about how things such as making glass and gunpowder came to happen. Many of the sections (really only single, child friendly pages on each topic) lead onto the next section. They are not all unrelated bits and pieces.
The Science of Everyday Objects is well worth a quick read. I learned a lot of fun, interesting facts that I had never come across before.