It is hard to believe it is time to think about school, but Back to School sales have already started.Â Beginning next weekend I will be participating in a fun blog giveaway event, the Back to School Bloggie Boogie.Â From July 17th through July 31st, 25 blogs will be hosting amazing giveaways, each worth at least $75.Â This week I am going to be highlighting my sponsors, so you can see what you can win.Â My first sponsor is Klutz Books, who are well know for making fun and educational books for kids.Â I love to use these books in my homeschooling, because they are perfect for those days I want to add a little excitement and break the book work routine.
I was sent three Klutz books to review, and the first is The Solar Car book.Â This book is full of solar science facts and comes with everything you need to build a cool solar-powered racecar: wheels, axles, motors, wires and a genuine one-volt solar cell.Â You put the car together without using glue, nails or tape, it all just snaps together.Â My son, age 12, wanted to put it together without reading the directions, which didnâ€™t work too well.Â But once he actually looked at the book he had the car together in 15 minutes or so.
The directions were clear, and the book included great suggestions for activities and experiments using the car.Â I loved the idea in the book of testing the car at different times of the day to see how the speed varies.Â This is perfect way to demonstrate how the sunâ€™s angle changes during the day.Â My son also liked the very specific statistics in the book for how fast the Klutz writers were able to make the car go, since it gave him a goal to shoot for.Â We set up a 25 foot track in the driveway to try and beat the Klutz speed, but we failed miserably since our car was slow.Â It took about 15 seconds to go 25 feet, almost twice as slow as the speed records in the book.
The car also clearly demonstrates the big drawback of solar power, it doesnâ€™t work at all if the sun isnâ€™t out.Â Here is a you-tube video showing how the car runs, and how it stops when it reaches my shadow.
Stay tuned for more Back to School Bloggie Boogie Sponsors later in the week, and reviews of the other two Klutz books I received.
Disclosure: I received a product to review, all opinions are my own.