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National Geographic Kids’ Book “Try This!” Review & Giveaway: Making Science Fun


National Geographic Kids' Book "Try This!" Review & Giveaway: Making Science Fun

Once our kids get a tiny bit bigger I think that we all start searching for new ways to engage them in activity, right? Sure you can take them to the playground and schedule play dates but eventually I think most of us moms start to feel like we’re running out of ideas for unique projects to keep our kids entertained and engaged. That is when you start scouring the internet for ideas and looking for a great book that is full of new ideas. Since I’m a National Geographic Kids’ Insider I was lucky enough to receive a copy of National Geographic Kids’ excellent kids’ book, “Try This!” My nephew, 7,  Jayden and I read the book together and were enthralled. In fact Jaden can’t put it down now!

The books tag line is “50 Fun Experiments for the Mad Scientist in you” and that pretty much sums it up perfectly.  Science can feel inaccessible if it’s not presented properly and Try This! does a great job of finding ways to engage young readers so that they are involved and not just reading about creative projects. It’s also filled with weird science facts and some of the basic principles that real scientists adhere to. If you’re not usually a pro with hands-on projects then you’re also in luck because Try This!  features tons of photos so that you can compare what you are doing to the photos that are intended to guide you.

National Geographic Kids' Book "Try This!" Review & Giveaway: Making Science Fun

The majority of the projects are very kid friendly and will teach your little ones about electrical charges and food chemistry using items that you already have around the house. I love that with the projects in Try This! we don’t have to run out to the store to buy 4 items just to do one experiment. That means that if your kids are having a boring afternoon you can mix things up without having to plan in advance. You’re pretty much guaranteed to find an experiment that you can pull off at the drop of the hat.

I also love that while having fun and spending quality time together Jayden was also learning things that are inevitably going to be needed once he encounters related concepts at school. Studies have shown that kids are more inclined to retain info if it’s presented in a way that is fun and actively involves them without all of the pressure of a standard school setting. Try This! is cool for all kids because even if they aren’t super interested in science this may be the tool that introduces them to a subject that they could end up loving.

Try This! really is the kind of book that has something for everyone in it and that means that you’re really going to want to grab yourself a copy.  You’re also in luck because we just so happen to be giving a copy of Try This! away to one (1) of our fabulous readers in either the U.S. Or Canada. Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below for your chance to win a copy of Try This!


The contest is open to both residents of the USA and Canada and will run until September 7th, 2014.  Winners will be drawn using Rafflecopter.  I will notify the winner by e-mail and you have 72-hours to respond or I will have to choose another winner.  Good Luck!!

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Disclosure: I’m part of the National Geographic Kids Insider program. I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  All the opinions on this blog are my own.

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  1. Tough Cookie Mommy says

    As an educator, I love National Geographic books and magazines for kids to learn about Science and Geography. This is a great giveaway.

  2. Charity Cram says

    I would give this to my 10 year old nephew…he would LOVE this!

  3. Jessica Menster says

    I have three sons who would go wild for this!

  4. Josh S says

    I would give it to my daughter so we could work on “experiments” together.

  5. Arlene says

    “Try This” is a great idea, not only for the exciting science projects, but perhaps more importantly, it gets kids to read! To look at a printed page instead of watching videos, tv, etc.

  6. MARY M. says

    I would give this to my niece.

  7. Kelli A says

    I probably would not give it to one individual if I won, I would most likely keep it around the house for all the kiddos to enjoy when they come over!

  8. Kari Barone says

    I would give this to my son. He would love this book! He is an avid reader.

  9. Cara Harrington says

    How exciting! I love stuff like this. =)

  10. Natalie says

    I would give it to my son

  11. Wilma P says

    My minister’s wife homeschools her children and I would give it to them.

  12. Diana Villa says

    My little girl loves reading. Thank you so much for the great post and giveaway! 😀

  13. Alexia H. says

    I would win this for my son!

  14. Amy says

    Entered and really hoping I win my kids would love them/….

  15. Lisa Williams says

    My nephew is the perfect age for this book,he would love it!He is going to have so much fun reading the science facts and doing the experiments.

  16. Kate Hearn says

    I would give this book to my son and husband, if I won. They have been doing things like baking soda in vinegar and stuff all summer

  17. aimee fauci says

    Oh my goodness, My 9 year old would love this book. She is amazed at awesome books like this.

  18. john says

    I will donate it to a children’s charity.

  19. becca says

    My son loved National Geophysics for kids now he is into science real big.

  20. Lois Alter Mark says

    I love anything that makes learning fun for kids. My son would have been all over this when he was younger.

  21. Bonny McDevitt says

    My daughter <3

  22. Elizabeth says

    I would give this to my 2 Grandkids…I know they’d love it!!

  23. Annie says

    I definitely loved reading National Geographic as a kid. Great information!

  24. katherine mills says

    My grandsons would love this!

  25. Rosey says

    I like that you can use things already around your house. Entered. Thanks for hosting!

  26. linda w. says

    My daughter would love this.

  27. Amber NElson says

    What a great way for kids to learn about the real world!

  28. Le-an Lai Lacaba says

    I would have loved to have this as a kid! All those weird things stored in my head so I could look smart. Haha.

  29. Mina Slater says

    This is so awesome! I didn’t even know there was a kid version available. I’d like to get this for my little cousin, he’d love it!

  30. Katie Bellamy says

    My son & my daughter would love this book!

  31. Kay Murphy says

    I will give this to my granddaughter who is a huge Nat Geo fan!

  32. Miranda Diamond Stansbury says

    I know my kids would absolutely love this find for sure!!

  33. Jackie smith says

    I would give this to my granddaughter. she would love this.

  34. Stephanie Shipley says

    I would give the book to my son. He would love it!

  35. Karen M. says

    Working at an elementary school, this would be great to use.

  36. Marci Wright says

    I would love to win this for my son!

  37. Jeffrey says

    I would give this to my niece.

  38. Jane Ritz says

    I would give this to my granddaughter. she’s 5 and loves Science.

  39. Danielle Papsis says

    I’d consider donating this to my daughter’s classroom if I win.

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