As I’ve mentioned before, our family has been loyal Timberdoodle customers for decades. Although much of our homeschool curriculum is non-consumable, I supplement our studies each year with art kits, thinking games, and other fun products from Timberdoodle. This year, the Wile E. Coyote Physical Science Genius is among the new add-ons.
This 4-book set provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the principles of physics. It includes the following titles:
- Smash! Wile E. Coyote Experiments with Simple Machines
- Zoom! Wile E. Coyote Experiments with Speed and Velocity
- Thud! Wile E. Coyote Experiments with Forces and Motion
- Whoosh! Wile E. Coyote Experiments with Flight and Gravity
To be honest, I’m traditionally not a huge fan of comic books. But my kids love them — as did their father before them. And they also love science.
So when Timberdoodle offered to send me Wile E. Coyote Physical Science Genius in exchange for an honest review, I was happy to accept. The set looked right up their alley, and the subject matter appeals to me, as well.
My 12- and 14-year-old had taken physical science at our homeschool co-op last year, so I thought these books would provide a fun way for them to review over the summer the concepts they’d studied in class.
Since the series is included in Timberdoodle’s second grade curriculum kit, I figured my grandchildren would enjoy reading them, too. And I was right. They could hardly wait to get their hands on a copy!
Which is why I had to stop taking pictures and sit down to read one aloud, because even the 3-year old was interested in finding out if any of Wile E. Coyote’s science-based contraptions would succeed in squashing the roadrunner.
Obviously, the books appeal to a broad range of ages (as did the Looney-Tunes cartoons upon which they’re based). 🙂
As for my normal aversion to comic books, the issues that usually bother me aren’t a problem at all with Wile E. Coyote Physical Science Genius. They use a font that is large, wide, and uniform enough to be read easily. The stories, though clearly sequenced, don’t require a lot of skipping around or guessing which blurb comes next. And the illustrations are light, bright, and funny — detailed, but not too busy.
The books also provide plenty of inspiration for doing some experimentation on one’s own. When I was reading the book on simple machines to my 3-year-old grandson, we stopped every few pages to construct levers, fulcrums, wedges, and inclined planes from household objects to show how the principles being discussed actually work.
Wile E. Coyote Physical Science Genius does a great job of breaking down the laws of physical science into fun, easily-grasped, bite-sized pieces. Visit Timberdoodle for details and pricing, as well as a wealth of other great educational products.
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