My son is obsessed with electricity lately and while he's young enough that we don't "school" at not quite 5 1/2 yrs old we do try to follow his interests as much as possible. We've read books on electricity over and over and over again. I've also thought about going to two somewhat local museums that have electricity exhibits.
Which brings me to the crux of the issue. Are there any kits out there that aren't super expensive that would let us work on some simple experiments? Do we even need a kit? Is there perhaps a book with decent pictures/instructions that we could follow with items we could purchase at the hardware store or other similar source? Is there a general book like this out there science related? He loves to figure out how things work and I'd really like to nurture his interests.
Snap Circuits! I highly recommend any of the kits and the customer service is fabulous. They are a bit expensive but you can sometimes find them cheaper on eBay or craigslist. If there are any missing pieces, you can order them very cheaply from the manufacturer. If you buy a small set and find you should have gotten a larger set, you can buy fairly priced upgrade kits to the level you want.
How about Castle Electricity Kit? It is marketed for high school, but that's only because physics is not covered until high school in public school. The activities in the kit are accessible to an elementary school kid, with guidance by an adult.
this is what we used for science for all 3 girls. http://topscience.org/books/electricity32.html Angela gave her answers and conclusions orally after watching her sisters' experiments. if i remember correctly, all the supplies are readily available as common household items.
excuse the typing. I'm holding a teething toddler and typing with only the left hand. and I'm right handed.
Chris--extended breastfeeding, cloth diapering, babywearing, co-sleeping, APing, CLW, homeschooling before any of this was a trend mom to Joy (1/78), Erica (8/80), Angela (9/84), Dylan (2/98)