Experimenting with Babies: 50 Amazing Science Projects You Can Perform on Your Kid

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Babies can be a joy—and hard work. Now, they can also be a 50-in-1 science project kit!

This fascinating and hands-on guide shows you how to re-create landmark scientific studies on cognitive, motor, language, and behavioral development—using your own bundle of joy as the research subject. Simple, engaging, and fun for both baby and parent, each project sheds light on how your baby is acquiring new skills—everything from recognizing faces, voices, and shapes to understanding ...

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Overview


Babies can be a joy—and hard work. Now, they can also be a 50-in-1 science project kit!

This fascinating and hands-on guide shows you how to re-create landmark scientific studies on cognitive, motor, language, and behavioral development—using your own bundle of joy as the research subject. Simple, engaging, and fun for both baby and parent, each project sheds light on how your baby is acquiring new skills—everything from recognizing faces, voices, and shapes to understanding new words, learning to walk, and even distinguishing between right and wrong.

Whether your little research subject is a newborn, a few months old, or a toddler, these simple, surprising projects will help you see the world through your baby’s eyes—and discover ways to strengthen newly acquired skills during your everyday interactions.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
While the title may give readers pause, former magazine editor Gallagher, a father of two who runs the site ExperimentingWithBabies.com, offers insights on infant development and parenting with a humorous twist. The experiments (testing cognitive, motor, social, and behavioral development) are perfectly safe for babies, with Gallagher advising that parents end an experiment if it causes their baby distress. Each experiment is explained in terms of age range, complexity, and research area; the experiment itself; the hypothesis; the research; and the takeaway. Occasional boxes feature “Tools of the Trade,” such as high-tech pacifiers or “Don’t Try This at Home,” like the Visual Cliff experiment. The author cites current research, much of it from the last decade, although classic work from practitioners such as Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky also appears. The heart of the book is not the experiments themselves, but takeaways that provide the new parent with developmental clues and suggestions for age-appropriate activities. Parents will appreciate these tips and Gallagher’s whimsical tone, whether or not they experiment on their own tykes. Agent: Laurie Abkemeier, DeFiore and Company. (Oct.)
Library Journal
★ 11/15/2013
Former magazine and newspaper editor and father of two Gallagher (philosophy, Univ. of Central Florida; coeditor, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences) offers a fun text about "experimenting" on your baby. Some will naturally balk at the title, but this book actually provides a concise and relevant look at child development based on the literature from cognitive, motor, and behavioral research. Gallagher shows parents how to re-create accepted study findings by conducting brief experiments involving such innocuous activities as making faces, flashing pictures, and grasping items. These say nothing about intelligence but rather show healthy child growth, which should ease any worries rather than create anxiety. Age ranges, experimental complexity, and the areas of science relevant to the experiments are all outlined in full, with each test being two to three pages in length, often with illustrations. Finally, the research and its importance are described succinctly in one brief paragraph, followed by a "take-away" section that describes how to develop further the skills addressed. VERDICT This is a unique work that presents an enjoyable and intelligent look at child development. It is a graceful bridge between parenting and research and is ideal for anyone with a wee one.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399162466
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 182,838
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Shaun Gallagher, a father of two ongoing science experiments, is a writer and a former magazine and newspaper editor. He also runs the popular website Correlated.org, which analyzes statistical data to find funny and surprising correlations. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Great book!

    So many fun things to test and try with your kiddos!

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