Along with nine other young library members, Ted, age 8, recently helped Living Paintings by road-testing one of our upcoming kid’s titles, Science Experiments. Having previously tested our Touch to See version of Stickman by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Ted is already a bit of pro when it comes to testing our publications. Only this time, there was an additional aspect for Ted to try his hand at – he had to try out two of the five experiments that will feature in the finished Science Alive! title!
Set up in his very own lab/dining room, Ted set to work exploring how hydraulics worked – using a balloon, piece of tubing, a tin can and a book – and what happened when you add marbles to a plasticine boat.
At the end of the testing process, Ted’s lab partner (aka Dad) said:
“I really think you are onto something here, access to this sort of material by school and home can not only help him understand some of the more visual subject matter but also could bring other children to do experiments with him and have fun. I know his TA spends ages thinking, devising and producing things to help and will be very grateful for your work.”
But Ted and his dad aren’t the only ones digging our latest science book. Here’s a handful of comments from other young blind library members, their parents and teachers:
“I think it [the Science Experiments book] introduced another aspect to what Molly (and I) think of as Living Paintings’ type material – i.e. active and engaging, hands-on experiences.” Molly’s mum
“When learning about sound waves, Jacob loved sitting like an Indian musician and holding the ‘Sitar’ tactile page as if he were playing it…. He loves exploring the pictures, they really bring it to life for him.” Jacob’s mum talking about Science Experiments
“I like the combination of a story and a bit of science at the end. Bel and I love doing the books together and her brother often makes excuses to hang around as well!” Isobel’s mum talking about Fantastic Light
“I’d recommend this book as I thought the experiments were fun and they explained scientific concepts in a good way. I want to do more science experiments.” Theo, 10, road tested Science Experiments
Science Alive! Science Experiments and Science Alive! Fantastic Light are both due for release late 2017/early 2018.
Stay tuned for updates and for a chance to reserve your copy ahead of publication.