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Let's Try It Out with Towers and Bridges:
Hands-On Early-Learning Science Activities

Let's Try It Out with Towers and Bridges contains fun-filled activities that encourage young children to use familiar and safe objects found in their homes or classrooms to make observations about how things work. Whether building a sturdy tower of blocks, creating a solid foundation with clay, or making a paper bridge span short and long distances without falling down, children will have fun while they discover basic science concepts.

In this innovative series for young children, acclaimed science writer Seymour Simon and Nicole Fauteux encourage children to explore the world around them as they play. Each book contains tips for parents and caregivers on how to create positive learning experiences for even the littlest of scientists.

Charming and lively illustrations by New York Times best-selling illustrator Doug Cushman ensure that the Let’s Try It Out series is as much fun to look at as it is to try out!

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. From the series that began with Let's Try It Out in the Air (2001) and Let's Try It Out in the Water (2001), this cheerful picture book encourages children to learn some basic principles of science and engineering through play. The short introductory note to parents, child-care providers, and teachers lists the concepts to be explored and required materials, such as modeling clay, building blocks, corrugated cardboard, tape, and plastic drinking straws. Lively illustrations in pen-and-ink, watercolor, and gouache show children experimenting with those building materials and having fun, an element that will encourage youngsters to try out the activities suggested in the simply written text. The closing page addresses adults again with practical suggestions for allowing children to discover the principles for themselves, even if they sometimes make mistakes. Not every child is headed for a career in civil engineering, but plenty of kids will enjoy the activities and, along the way, learn something about what makes buildings and bridges strong.

Carolyn Phelan

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