Fizz Boom Read: Stealthy Science

The great thing about a science themed summer reading program is how easy it is to include lots of little fun sciencey tidbits in your programs or displays.  In addition to our programs I wanted other opportunities to sneak in some science which I have called stealthy science! All of these things are on going and are meant to spark a conversation between parent and child and are relatively easy and quick to do!



Magnet bottle

Magnetic Bottle

Prep time: low

Materials: empty and clean plastic bottle

Pipe cleaners

Magnetic wands

Basically just cut up pipe cleaners and stick them in a bottle! Make sure your bottle is completely dry.
I also made a little label for the bottle that says “Fizz Boom Read: why do you think the pipe cleaners are attracted to the magnetic wand?”

I actually had one of the 6th graders who was hanging out at the library one night help me with this one and it was great because he then went and got a few of his friends because he was so excited to show them what he helped to make and then they all had fun playing around with the magnets!

This has been out for about three weeks and it has been a great hit!  I have it near the front desk and I love seeing kids come up to play with it and then watching the parents start a discussion about wht exactly is happening

Water fountain

H2O Water Fountain

Prep time: medium

Materials: paper and a drinking fountain (or bubbler for you wisconsin folk)

Super simple: facts about water taped up at the drinking fountain!  All I did was search some kid friendly websites for information about H2O. I wanted to make sure it was all kid accessible language. I also included a picture of the atom and the element.

Fizz Boom Read Scavenger Hunt

Fizz Boom Scavenger Hunt

Prep time: medium
Materials: Paper and a lot of it! We also have stickers and temporary tattoos as prizes.
AND I have already done half the work for you: Here is a PDF of everything you should need to set up your own scavenger hunt SCIENCE SCAVENGER HUNT

We always have a similar scavenger hunt set up so it was just natural for me to use the CSLP clip art to make it fizz boom read themed this summer! This is a great passive program that once it is set up can be enjoyed all summer without any more prep work.  I make the sheets the kids carry around and then hide the images all around the children’s area.  A good tip if you are going to do this is to have a cheat sheet at the front desk so staff knows where they are when kids ask.


Famous scientists

Famous Scientists

Prep time: low

A display highlighting biographies of scientists. This display was really great for me to learn where we had holes and I learned that we definitely need more female scientist biographies, the only one we could find was Marie Curie and it wasn’t even a very appealing biography.

Chalkboard trivia

Chalkboard Facts Chalkboard Facts

Prep time: low

My office door is directly behind the children’s circulation desk and we recently painted my doors with chalkboard paint. If this something you could do I highly recommend it! It has been a great discussion point that nearly everyone in the children’s section will notice.

During other times of the year I can use the door to highlight events coming up or cool programs we are running.  For now, though I am using it for science facts! We have had three different facts and pictures so far. One of our childrens department staff, Laura, who is  in the process of receiving her MLS, did the periodic table fact.
**Literally as I am typing this a parent goes to her daughter: Did you know a lightning bolt travels at 14,000 MPH? YOU DO NOW!**

Periodic table display

Prep time: high

Materials: paper!!

This is an awesome display I first found on pinterest.

We did ours a little differently than the original one and used the actual periodic table elements and numbers.  Laura and I then went through and found book titles that started with those first letters.  When possible we used non fiction or science related books. We got lucky and actually had a book titled Nitrogen for N.  My favorite was the superman book for Krypton, K.

Luckily for me, Laura is extremely organized and had a very good system for assigning books and making sure each color and element was in the right place.

If I were to do this again I would want to include the element names on each sheet.

2 thoughts on “Fizz Boom Read: Stealthy Science

  1. The water fountain? Brilliant, Miss Meg! Totally doing this at my branch.

    Happy day,
    “Miss Lisa,” NC

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