The Human Brain in 30 Seconds and more great science books

Here at Science Sparks we love a good science book, especially if it’s for kids. Recently we’ve very much enjoyed several books from the Ivy Kids best-selling 30 Seconds series. Each book contains 30 topics, explained in 30 seconds accompanied by a super snappy 3 second sum up and 3 minute mission. We don’t have much free time at home and I am always wishing I could spent more time learning with my children so these are just perfect for a quick bedtime read, taking out and about or for a fun challenge when we have a bigger chunk of time.

Great science books for kids

Our favourite so far is The Human Brain in 30 Seconds, by Clive Gifford which is a brilliant introduction to the complexities and quirks of the Human Brain. We’ve all learned a lot about each other’s brains by trying the many entertaining missions, one of which was to observe which hand and eye a person uses to pick up a cardboard tube. My left handed daughter used her left hand where as the rest of us used our right.

Weather in 30 Seconds is a brilliant introduction to all things weather related from microclimates to tornados, bursting with fun facts and enaging activities, I know we’ll use this book for many years to come. My children made a rain gauge and have very enthusiastically been recording rainfall daily for the last few weeks. This has been brilliant for number writing practice for my littlest and data recording experience for my older two.

Rain Gauge

I have to admit to not knowing a huge amount about Leonardo Da Vinci before reading Leonardo Da Vinci in 30 Seconds, My 8 year old in particular has been fascinated by Leonardo’s thoughts and theories and is working his way through the activities in the book. We’ve made a self powered vehicle using a cotton reel, practised writing backwards and made our own modelling clay to sculpt with so far!

cotton reel car

My little girls have loved learning about bugs in the beautifully written Insects in 30 seconds . Just like the other books in the range this is filled with activity ideas, beautiful illustrations and exciting facts.

Each book in this range is priced at £9.99 which I think is great value as they contain a huge amount of information and learning potential.

For older science enthusiasts there is a grown up range of the 30-second books. My husband has very much enjoyed reading 30-Second Physics and 30-Second Newton. Just like the children’s version these are very easy to dip in and out of which is perfect busy parents.


Win Leonardo Da Vinci  in 30 Seconds, Insects in 30 Seconds, The Human Brain in 30 seconds and Weather in 30 seconds

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There are 20 comments

  1. Niki Wardle

    I think the Weather in 60 seconds would be read first, my son absolutely loves non fiction and could definitely see him reading these! Fab prize, thank you and good luck!

  2. liz e

    Personally, I love the idea of the Leonardo Da Vinci being very arts orientated, but I know my husband will be all over he other three being a science geek. Hopefull our kiddies will be well rounded! 🙂

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