The marriage of art and science is celebrated in this beautifully illustrated four-color biography and activity book. Kids will begin to understand the important discoveries that da Vinci made through inspiring activities like determining the launch angle of a catapult, sketching birds and other animals, creating a map, learning to look at a painting, and much more. Includes a glossary, bibliography, listing of pertinent museums and Web sites, a timeline, and many interesting sidebars.
Presents a biography of this prolific artist and inventor through projects in cartography, animal art, bird observation, and mask making.
Presents a biography of this prolific artist and inventor through projects in cartography, animal art, bird observation, and mask making.
Thomas Edison, one of the world's greatest inventors, is introduced in this fascinating activity book. Children will learn how Edison ushered in an astounding age of invention with his unique way of looking at things and refusal to be satisfied with only one solution to a problem. This book helps inspire kids to be inventors and scientists, as well as persevere with their own ideas. Activities allow children to try Edison's experiments themselves, with activities such as making a puppet dance using static electricity, manufacturing a switch for electric current, constructing a telegraph machine, manipulating sound waves, building an electrical circuit to test for conductors and insulators, making a zoetrope, and testing a dandelion for latex. In addition to his inventions and experiments, the book explores Edison's life outside of science, including his relationship with inventor Nikola Tesla, his rivalry with George Westinghouse, and his friendship with Henry Ford. A time line, glossary, and lists of supply sources, places to visit, and websites for further exploration complement this activity book.
Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself introduces readers to the life, world, and incredible mind of Leonardo da Vinci through hands-on building projects that explore his invention ideas. Most of Leonardo's inventions were never made in his lifetime—they remained sketches in his famous notebooks. Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself shows you how to bring these ideas to life using common household supplies. Detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating each project combine with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies and trivia about the real-life models for each project. Together they give kids a first-hand look into the amazing mind of one the world’s greatest inventors.
Featuring 21 hands-on projects that explore the scientific concepts Isaac Newton developed, this illuminating guide paints a rich portrait of the brilliant and complex man and provides young readers with a hands-on understanding of astronomy, physics, and mathematics. The activity-packed resource allows children to experiment with swinging pendulums, build a simple waterwheel, create a 17th-century plague mask, track the phases of the moon, bake an "apple pye in a coffin," and test Newton's three laws of motion using coins, a skateboard, and a model boat they construct themselves. A time line, excerpts from Newton's own writings, online resources, and a reading list for further exploration ensure that kids will gravitate to this unique activity book.
A biography of the notable Italian Renaissance artist, scientist, and inventor.
Relates the life, development, and art of the famous artist.
ABOUT 'SMART READS for Kids'...”Love Art, Love Learning” Welcome. Designed to expand and inspire young minds; this is a range of short educational books (with supporting free online resources) for ages 7+. Although one great artist's life and work are always the central theme, wider learning is encouraged as follows: • Geography & History. Locations or events mentioned are always accompanied by a colourful map or a snippet of history so that the opportunity to learn some general knowledge does not pass the young reader by. • Vocabulary. A manageable number of new words are introduced and reused. They are always in bold with clear definitions and pronunciations. There is also a Glossary. • Maths. At least one maths statement and its accompanying calculation is always included. • Concentration. Each book is in the friendly first person and a trail of footprints always leads to a cartoon animal at the end. The author asks questions of the reader and there is always a quiz. These features keep children engaged and encourage them to form their own opinions. There is a high ratio of images to text. ABOUT JUNIOR LEONARDO DA VINCI Da Vinci was of course far more than a great artist. The full journey of his life is covered including: an account of everyday Renaissance Italy with its tyrannous leaders, the historically precocious and inquisitive nature of Leonardo's mind, his inventions, the story of his secret mirror writing (which provides an opportunity to learn a little about shapes with symmetry) and the mysteries of the Mona Lisa. There's also a simple recipe for Renaissance paint and some dragon hunting! On this journey children will encounter all of da Vinci's most famous paintings and drawings—no child will fail to be inspired. DETAILS: Locations Mapped: Present day and Renaissance Italy, Greece, France and The Ottoman Empire.Paintings and Drawings: 30 including: The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Vitruvian Man, sketches of flying, hydraulic and combat machines, The Baptism of Christ, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, The Virgin & Child with St. Anne and John the Baptist. Vocabulary Defined: Anatomy, Apprenticeship, Baptism, Blood Vessels, Catapult, Circa, City state, Curiosity, Engineer, Euro, Genius, Infinite, Luxuries, Observe, Obsessed, Orbit, Polymath, Renaissance, Ridiculous and Symmetry. New Artists Introduced: Michelangelo and Ingres. Broader Topics: Why the Renaissance occurred, the importance of freethinking and the modern scientific method, the value of pursuing many interests and seeing projects through to the end. Online Resources: -Printable colouring sheets (including the Mona Lisa) and a children's fun design challenge. -A colour slide show containing all the images used. This is accessed via a password which is given at the back of the book. (A test version is available to try before you buy. Visit theportraitplace.co.uk and select 'Hardware Solutions' in the 'SMART READS for Kids' dropdown menu.) Words: 3900 NOTE: THIS BOOK IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON AMAZON IN US ENGLISH OTHER BOOKS FROM 'SMART READS FOR KIDS' Junior Vincent van Gogh (paperback and Kindle). Learn 20 French Words with Junior Claude Monet (currently Kindle only). Junior Edgar Degas (currently Kindle only). What do you do in a Drawing Room? (Fiction). Enjoy Leo's adventures in a world of magical and mischievous art (currently Kindle only). REVIEWS OF BOOKS IN THIS SERIES "Love, love, love this book! Great addition to our homeschool art books. I hope this becomes a series of books, would love to get more!"-Customer, Iowa "I wanted to do some painting myself after I read this book, I've learnt so much”-Customer, UK "This story was fabulous. Our son couldn't stop reading it."-Customer, Canada
Art historian Simonetta Carr draws on recent scholarship that challenges the traditional view of Michelangelo as a recluse. Readers will also learn about the complex and fluid era of the Italian Renaissance and how the times affected his life and work. Lavish photos, informative sidebars, a time line, glossary, and suggestions for further readings add value, while 21 hands-on activities help young readers identify with the artist and his work.
An introduction to Leonardo da Vinci's genius focusing on his famous notebook sketches and the modern inventions they predicted. In 1781, Thomas Paine came up with a model for a single-span bridge; in 1887, Adolf Eugen Fick made the first pair of contact lenses; and in 1907, Paul Cornu built the first helicopter. But Leonardo da Vinci thought of all these ideas more than five hundred years ago! At once an artist, inventor, engineer, and scientist, da Vinci wrote and drew detailed descriptions of what would later become hang gliders, automobiles, robots, and much more. In Neo Geo, Gene Barretta cleverly shows how Leonardo's ideas—many inspired by his love of nature—foreshadowed modern inventions, offering a window into the future.
An in-depth and realistic portrait of the man who "put America on wheels" Detailing Henry Ford's childhood as a precocious farm-boy mechanic, his revolutionary labor and production ideas, and the lasting legacy of his widespread philanthropy, author Ronald A. Reis also does not shy away from his eccentricities. The issues that stirred controversy are discussed, such as the industrialist's anti-Semitic views and his pacifist beliefs. Packed with historic photos and illuminating sidebars, Henry Ford for Kids brings the turn of the 20th century to life, touching on related topics such as the popularity of "auto polo," the Great War, and the life of industrial architect Albert Kahn. Twenty-one hands-on activities encourage budding innovators to apply engineering and production ideas and learn more about the era as kids will build a lemon-powered battery, make a moving assembly line, learn to dance the waltz, design an automobile dashboard, and much more.
Biography of the man who invented the telescope and proved the earth revolves around the sun. Includes activities.
Best known for his general theory of relativity and the famous equation linking mass and energy, E = mc, Albert Einstein had a lasting impact on the world of science, the extent of which is illuminated--along with his fascinating life and unique personality--in this lively history. In addition to learning all about Einstein's important contributions to science, from proving the existence and size of atoms and launching the field of quantum mechanics to creating models of the universe that led to the discovery of black holes and the big bang theory, young physicists will participate in activities and thought experiments to bring his theories and ideas to life. Such activities include using dominoes to model a nuclear chain reaction, replicating the expanding universe in a microwave oven, creating blue skies and red sunsets in a soda bottle, and calculating the speed of light using a melted chocolate bar. Suggestions for further study, a time line, and sidebars on the work of other physicists of the day make this an incredibly accessible resource for inquisitive children.
Leonardo smiled, and he explained that a person s life is just a moment in infinity. During that moment, no one can do and know all that they would like.
Discusses the nineteenth-century French art movement known as Impressionism, focusing on the works of Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, Cezanne, Gauguin, and Seurat. Includes related projects and activities.
A fun introduction to one of historys most brilliant minds, this title is the first biography within the Ivy Kids 30 Seconds series. Children will learn about the life of the original Renaissance man, and will discover how da Vincis influence, from his masterpiece paintings to his innovative inventions, has shaped art and culture in the modern world. Each spread is presented in a neat 30-second soundbite, supported by a 3-second flash summary and full-page, colourful illustration. Active missions support the topics and encourage kids to find out more. With stunning artwork, the attention-grabbing format is engaging and immediate, introducing readers aged from 8 up to the legacy of a genius.
Darwin and Evolution for Kids traces the transformation of a privileged and somewhat scatterbrained youth into the great thinker who proposed the revolutionary theory of evolution. Through 21 hands-on activities, young scientists learn about Darwin's life and work and assess current evidence of evolution. Activities include going on a botanical treasure hunt, keeping field notes as a backyard naturalist, and tying knots for ship sails like those on the HMS Beagle . Children also learn how fossils are created, trace genetic traits through their family trees, and discover if acquired traits are passed along to future generations. By encouraging children, parents, and teachers to define the differences between theories and beliefs, facts and opinions, Darwin and Evolution for Kids does not shy away from a theory that continues to spark heated public debate more than a century after it was first proposed.
Heroes, traitors, and great thinkers come to life in this activity book, and the concepts of freedom and democracy are celebrated in true accounts of the distinguished officers, wise delegates, rugged riflemen, and hardworking farm wives and children who created the new nation. This collection tells the story of the Revolution, from the hated Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party to the British surrender at Yorktown and the creation of the United States Constitution. All American students are required to study the Revolution and the Constitution, and these 21 activities make it fun and memorable. Kids create a fringed hunting shirt and a tricorn hat and reenact the Battle of Cowpens. They will learn how to make their voices heard in I Protest and how Congress works in There Ought to Be a Law. A final selection including the Declaration of Independence, a glossary, biographies, and pertinent Web sites makes this book a valuable resource for both students and teachers.
Few Americans have had as much impact on this nation as Frederick Douglass. Born on a plantation, he later escaped slavery and helped others to freedom via the Underground Railroad. In time he became a bestselling author, an outspoken newspaper editor, a brilliant orator, a tireless abolitionist, and a brave civil rights leader. He was famous on both sides of the Atlantic in the years leading up to the Civil War, and when war broke out, Abraham Lincoln invited him to the White House for counsel and advice. Frederick Douglass for Kids follows the footsteps of this American hero, from his birth into slavery to his becoming a friend and confidant of presidents and the leading African American of his day. And to better appreciate Frederick Douglass and his times, readers will form a debating club, cook a meal similar to the one Douglass shared with John Brown, make a civil war haversack, participate in a microlending program, and more. This valuable resource also includes a time line of significant events, a list of historic sites to visit or explore online, and Web resources for further study. Nancy I. Sanders is the author of many books, including America s Black Founders and A Kid s Guide to African American History. She lives in Chino, California."

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