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Things of Science #270 — Cotton

Things of Science unit from April, 1963 on cotton.

Here is the booklet (whiten which you will discover the definition of “nappy”):

Things of Science #270 — Cotton

An extra sheet showing the cotton process here:

Things of Science #270 — Cotton (insert)

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

 

Cotton

Things of Science #269 — Enzymes

Things of Science unit from March, 1963 on enzymes.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #269 — Enzymes

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Enzymes

Things of Science #265 — Taste

Things of Science unit from September, 1962 on taste. The booklet was in poor shape when I scanned it. It required a lot of post-work to fix it up. I think the gum or some other “thing” in the unit had soiled it. Oh well.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #265 — Taste

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Taste

Things of Science #264 — Silk

Silkworm 1Things of Science unit from October, 1962 on silk. I was surprised to see an actual silkworm cocoon in the unit. And this is an unusual booklet in that it has photographs (reproduced with half-toning of course).

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #264 — Silk

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Silk

Things of Science #256 — Seeds

Things of Science unit from February, 1962 on seeds. Interesting — the unit appears to be complete with original seeds.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #256 — Seeds

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Seeds

Things of Science #255 — Sea Shell

ShellsThings of Science unit from January, 1962 on sea shells. With the illustration from the booklet to the one side here and the photo of the “things” below, it took me but a few seconds to identify each shell below. (I wish now I had placed them to match the illustration when I imaged them.)

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #255 — Sea Shell

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Sea Shell

Things of Science #230 — Butterflies

Things of Science unit from December, 1959. This came in a collection off eBay with no description — I sort of bought them on faith. And here is one titled “Butterflies”. Please, don’t tell me there are butterflies in the unit.

Yep.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #230 — Butterflies

More Things of Science scanned here.

The “things”:

Butterflies

 

Things of Science #327 — Touch

Things of Science #327 Touch.7An early Things of Science unit on the sense of touch. Later units will cover the other senses.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #327 — Touch

More Things of Science scanned here.

Things of Science

Things of Science LogoI am scanning a lot of Things of Science lately. As a way to keep a handy, sorted reference to the scanned booklets, I created this post. I will update it as I add new units.

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Things of Science #232 — Herb Seeds

Things of Science 232.1Here is another Things of Science from the 1960’s. If Things of Science is  unknown to you see this post. This unit is called herb seeds and seems to have originally contained seeds for six different herbs (the one I purchased from eBay contained only the booklet).

As usual Things of Science is stuffed with short, concise experiments. This unit additionally covers history of the various herbs, talks about plant classification and taxonomy, describes what a perennial is, discusses how the various herbs are used in cooking, etc. A very enjoyable unit.

I’m inclined to pick up packets of these seeds from the local hardware/nursery and grow some herbs. I think there is something magical about watching a plant grow from a seed. It is a valuable thing especially for children because it can also introduce them to the virtue of patience.

If you would like to re-create this Things of Science unit you will need packets of these seeds:

  • Anise
  • Chives
  • Coriander (also called Cilantro)
  • Summer Savory
  • Sweet Basil
  • True Lavender

Also, some small pots and soil to grow them in.

I tried to find the items at my local hardware store and then nursery and was able to find all but the Summer Savory and Anise. I was able to get both online however. It may be a regional thing though (I’m in California) or even seasonal, so your mileage may vary….

The booklet is here for you to enjoy:

Things of Science #232 — Herb Seeds

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