★★★1/2 (3.5/5) – Recycled Science by Tammy Enz and Jodi Lyn Wheeler-Toppen is a book filled with ideas about how to recycle common household items and use them to create things like lava lamps, flashlights, and smartphone speakers. Throughout the book, there are great photos of items in different stages for each experiment and lessons about scientific principles that relate to the projects described.
There are some very interesting science projects in this collection, but many of the better experiments require a heavy amount of adult help or supervision. Many projects require the use of a hot glue gun and/or a utility knife. At least one project requires lit matches. These are not projects that you can trust an elementary-school or middle-school aged child to do alone. Because of the potentially dangerous items required, most of these would also not work in a traditional classroom setting, as the projects would require one adult per group of students engaging in the experiment.
Other experiments are safe for children to perform with minimal supervision, but can seem a bit silly. The “stomp rocket” for example is just a snack package filled with air that is attached to a straw with a small piece of a wet, balled-up paper towel inside (like a spitball). Once it’s created, the experimenter stomps on the package and launches the wet ball into the air. I think a project like that one is not very engaging and the final product will quickly end up in the trash.
This book would be great for children ages 9-13 with an interest in science and experimenting. As most of the projects do require adult help and/or supervision, these experiments would be lots of fun for parents and their children to work on together.
From Amazon:Why recycle cardboard tubes, plastic bottles and jugs, craft sticks, and snack bags when you can reuse them yourself? These fun and informative science experiments and projects will keep readers entertained as they learn about scientific principles.