Thomas Edison for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

by Laurie Carlson Author

(From Amazon): Thomas Edison, one of the world's greatest inventors, is introduced in this fascinating activity book. Children will learn how Edison ushered in an astounding age of invention with his unique way of looking at things and refusal to be satisfied with only one solution to a problem. This book helps inspire kids to be inventors and scientists, as well as persevere with their own ideas. Activities allow children to try Edison's experiments themselves, with activities such as making a puppet dance using static electricity, manufacturing a switch for electric current, constructing a telegraph machine, manipulating sound waves, building an electrical circuit to test for conductors and insulators, making a zoetrope, and testing a dandelion for latex. In addition to his inventions and experiments, the book explores Edison's life outside of science, including his relationship with inventor Nikola Tesla, his rivalry with George Westinghouse, and his friendship with Henry Ford. A time line, glossary, and lists of supply sources, places to visit, and websites for further exploration complement this activity book.

Additional Details

Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
1st - 5th
Historical Setting
1847 - 1931
Chicago Review Press


  • 1 Off to a Quick Start
  • 2 Time to Get Moving
  • 3 Wandering and Working
  • 4 Getting Down to Business
  • 5 Lights On!
  • 6 A New Life
  • 7 Always Thinking
  • 8 Successes and Setbacks
  • 9 Plants, Friendship and Rubber

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