I knew I felt busy lately, but we must really be busier because it took us a few months to read Science Fair for our familybook club. It wasn’t because we didn’t enjoy the book. My younger children shied away from reading it on their own because of the odd names, preferring me to read it out loud to them instead. Finding that time where our schedules intersected slowed us down – and it was a fairly long book.
The book describes a junior high science fair with an eclectic cast of characters, including a group from the small country of Krpshtskan. I don’t think I pronounced their country the same way twice. I can’t neglect to mention the spoiled rich kids, the kooky Science Shop owner, and our heroes Toby, Tamara and Micah. Who knew espionage, science experiments and pre-adolescent angst could be so comical?
After we finally finished reading the book, we made time for our fun book club meeting. We started off discussing our favorite parts of the book – there were a lot to choose from! Then we each drew something from the Science Fair. My kiddos drew pictures of the memorable experiments like the “Hotness Box”, while I chose to draw the Weiner mobile in the chaos outside of the gym. (You know you are jealous of my artistic abilities!)
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We finished off our meeting with a game of Hide and Seek Tag, which is a typical game of hide and seek that turns into tag once you’re spotted. May I say that that the hider is trapped 95% of the time, and I get tagged a lot. In case you are wondering, this game is an excellent tie in to the Science Fair’s climax.
Now that I’ve piqued your interest with a book about preteens, foreign nationals, a science fair and the Weiner Mobile you probably need to read this book with your kids. Let me know what kind of fun activities you try out because of it.