Review of One Minute Mysteries from Science Naturally

 photo 1100041v1v1_zpsa4dd1c29.jpgWho doesn't like solving mysteries? My kids love brain teasers/riddles/mysteries. So I was excited to see One Minute Mysteries: 65 More Short Mysteries You Solve With Science from Science Naturally.

This book is a book of simple mysteries/riddles that can be solved using science. It is geared toward ages 8-12 and sells for $9.95.

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The book is divided into different sections based on the type of science used- earth science, physical science, etc. The mystery is a short scenario presented on one page- often with a picture. The answer can be found by turning the page.

We used this together as a family. I read the scenarios out loud, and had all four kids- ages 13, 12, 9 and 7 think about the mystery and then give me an answer.

I was impressed that there seemed to be a good mix of difficulty levels in the mysteries. There were some that my younger girls could think of and some that were a challenge even for my older kids.

I also really liked that there were a variety of types of science represented. The younger girls and I have just been finishing an astronomy unit, so there were some mysteries with an earth/space focus that were especially fun for them.

The reading level would have been a little difficult for my younger girls if I had not read them aloud. My older son- 12- didn't have any trouble, but he is on the upper end of the recommended age. My oldest-13- enjoyed the mysteries also, and there were some that she had to think about.

Most of the mysteries made sense once we read the solution. There were a few that seemed to be a stretch when we read the explanation. I would read the answer and think- "Well, yes, technically, but that doesn't really seem practical."

There are other books from Science Naturally that use math and science to solve mysteries. We were impressed enough with this one that I think I'll be looking for the others.

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Review of One Minute Mysteries from Science Naturally Review of One Minute Mysteries from Science Naturally Reviewed by Leah Courtney on 9:53:00 PM Rating: 5

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