Unschooling Resources: General Science Resources
A Child's First Library of Learning by Time-Life Books
This series of satisfyingly simple hardcover books first asks a question (such as "Why
do we see a mirage when nothing is there?" or "Why doesn't the world run out of
oxygen?") and then answers it with a short paragraph or two, lots of colorful
illustrations, and sometimes photos. This is geared toward younger children and is very
engaging. With titles like Dinosaurs, Life in the Water, Our Body, Sky and Earth,
Insects, How Things Work, and many more, curious kids won't be disappointed!
A Kids' Science Museum in a Book by John Cassidy and Klutz
An Amazing resource, once again, from Klutz Books! Explorabook offers dozens
of great activities with magnets, light waves, bacteria, illusions and more! Highly
There are so many kinds of field guides on science topics ranging from wild mushrooms
to domesticated cats to rocks and minerals, and including everything in-between. These are
some of the best science resources out there! Search for them at thrift stores and yardsales
and pick up armfuls!
Horrible Science series by Nick Arnold
titles like Chemical Chaos, Ugly Bugs, Fatal Forces and Bulging Brains, this
series combines witty text, cartoons, and even games and quizzes! Highly recommended.
by Kathy Wollard
poses a question ("How does the sun keep the planets in orbit?" or "How do clouds
get electricity to make lightning?" or "Why do dogs see in black and white?") and
answers it (sometimes debunking the idea behind the question, altogether) with engaging, often
humorous, text and cartoony illustrations. Over 100 questions.
Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? by Robert E. Wells
What's bigger than a blue
whale? Why there are mountains, planets, stars, galaxies.... This book does a good job
describing the enormity of the subjects. Also see Wells' What's Smaller Than a Pygmy
The Kids' Nature Book: 365 Indoor/Outdoor Activities and Experiences by Susan Milord
book is a great way to find ideas for things to do in one's own backyard or neighborhood park.
With activities ranging from making an underwater viewer to making a suet ball, to measuring the
temperature within a snowbank, to making a flip-book of the moon's phases, this book is just
overflowing with simple, enjoyable things to do together.
Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science by Dorling Kindersley
Chapters include: Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences and Ecology, Human Anatomy, Medical Science,
Earth Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Electronics and Computer Science, and Mathematics.
Filled with photos and illustrations, this is great for flipping through or for looking up
specific information. Interesting and cool
What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew? by Robert E. Wells
What is smaller than a pygmy shrew? How about protozoa, bacteria, molecules, atoms,
protons, electrons, quarks! This is a fun picture book. Also check out Is a Blue Whale the
Biggest Thing There Is?
National Geographic and
National Geographic Presents
Both shows can be watched for free online here.
Schoolhouse Rock: Science Rock
"The Body Machine," "The Energy Blues," "Interplanet
Janet" and more . You can find these on cd/cassette or dvd/vhs.
Ask an Expert Sites (A
Ask Dr. Universe (A
favorite from the list above)
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Chronology of Events in
Science, Mathematics and Technology
Timelines for oodles of subjects: photography,
microscope technology, black hole physics, stellar astronomy, geology, etc.
the science of music, check the weather in space, find out about the science of skatboarding and
How Stuff Works
How Stuff Works Express
Krampf's Experiment of the week
(email sign up)
Launch Pad Science -
Lots of interesting, simple experiements with intriguing
M A S S I V E - Math And
Science Song Information, Viewable Everywhere
With titles like "Lizards,"
"Marie Curie," "Tornado Twist," "New Math," "To Sir Isaac,"
and "Glucose Glucose" (Glucose -- ah, sugar sugar -- You are my favorite fuel....),
science songs can be lots of fun. This database includes song samples (some full-length),
lyrics, etc. Like what you find? Check out MASSIVE Radio, a
free, streaming Live365 Internet radio station! You'll hear songs by They Might Be Giants,
Science Groove, Weird Al, The Banana Slug String Band, Tom Lehrer (my favorite), and
School Bus website
National Geographic's online games for kids
Nature Puzzles and Fun
The Rudiments Of Wisdom
Encyclopaedia by Tim Hunkin
A collection of thousands of strange, categorized facts
in cartoon form. Amazing! Themes include biology, plants, science, engineering, medicine,
psychology and more. (post #217)
Explorer (experiments and activities)
Science News for Kids
"Make toys at home with common household materials, often in only a few
minutes, that demonstrate fascinating scientific principles." A very cool site with tons of
pictures and detailed instructions.
Science Toy Maker
Science toys both simple and complex. The illustrations definitely leave something to be
desired, but the toys are great fun!
Who Wants to Win
An online science trivia game modeled after the gameshow.
Wonderland (Virtual field trips from the National Park Service)
zefrank's Gyro (Click "Open
Control Panel" at top left)
A very cool
microscope requiring no power source, no bulbs, etc. Well made. 20X magnification. Higher power
eyepieces are available (up to 400X). Great for field work. Or, build your own
microscope for about $1!
The Young Scientist
This club will send out different kits to kids each month. Lots of subscription
options. Though very heavy on the curriculum end, the kits, themselves, are lots of fun. A very
cool resource! (post #582)