TRC Bibliography: Family Activities

There are a number of reasons to explore science with your children. Doing science activities together develops both parenting skills and the child's learning, problem solving and scientific skills. Participating in activities together promotes positive communication and quality time spent together as a family. And, it really is FUN! Activities that you may already be doing or may want to explore together include science-related field trips, reading books and magazines and watching science programs on television. You may want to use computer software to explore simulations of science or write some simple programs of your own. You can now connect to a larger world of resources through the Internet.

Look for these and other books in your school or public libraries:

Bosak, Susan V. Science Is....... Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada: Scholastic Canada, Ltd., 1991.

Cornell, Joseph. Sharing Nature with Children. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications, 1979.

Doris, Ellen. Doing What Scientists Do. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1991.

Gardner, Robert and David Webster. Science in Your Backyard. New York, NY: Julian Messner, 1987.

Gillespie, Craig, et al. Smithsonian Science Activity Book. New York, NY: Galison Books, 1987.

Glass, Don. Why You Can Never Get to the End of the Rainbow and Other Moments of Science. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1993.

Herbert, Don. Mr. Wizard's Supermarket Science. New York, NY: Random House, 1980.

Hoffman, Jane. The Original Backyard Scientist. Irvine, CA: Backyard Scientist, Summer 1987.

Hoffman, Jane. Backyard Scientist. Irvine, CA: Backyard Scientist, Spring 1987.

Holt, John. Learning All the Time. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Inc., 1989.

Kramer, Stephen P. How to Think Like a Scientist. New York, NY: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1987.

Paulu, Nancy and Margery Martin. Helping Your Child Learn Science. Pueblo, CO: U.S. Department of Education, Superintendent of Documents, June 1991.

Saul, Wendy and Alan R. Newman. Science Fare. New York, NY: Harper Row Publishers, 1986.

Shermer, Michael. Teach Your Child Science. Chicago, IL: Contemporary Books, 1989.

Sprung, Barbara, et al. Playtime Is Science. New York, NY: Educational Equity Concepts, Inc., Spring 1990.

Stangl, Jean. The Little Scientist. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Tab Books, 1993.

Sutton, Caroline. How Did They Do That? New York, NY: Quill, 1984.

Sutton, Caroline. How Do They Do That? New York, NY: Quill, 1982.

Wyatt, Valerie. The Science Book For Girls. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Kids Can Press, Ltd., 1993.