Simple chemistry experiments to try at home. All of these experiments can be done with your children at home using everyday household items. This post has activities for all ages, and I also recommend a few kits for parents who want to try more advanced experiments.
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Chemistry Experiments to Try at Home Using Everyday Materials
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Most kids LOVE chemistry, and fortunately it’s all around it in our everyday lives! All too often we save chemistry for high school in a formal lab when there is plenty that can be learned earlier in life.
Most of these experiments use items that are already on your shelves at home. The other experiments are easily done following a quick trip to your local grocery store.
How to Learn Chemistry at Home
Simple experiments to try at home using everyday household items.
Children love the sensory play aspect of a baking soda (bicarbonate of soda for UK readers) and vinegar trays. They are also exploring a basic chemical reaction. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) plus vinegar (acetic acid) reacts, resulting in carbon dioxide plus water plus sodium ion plus acetate ion. This can be written as:
This is my children's favorite candy based experiment. Through osmosis, the gummy bear absorbs the water like a sponge, causing it to grow. Try using gummy bears with natural vs artificial flavoring, and see what happens!
The yeast in pizza dough reacts with the warm water and starts breaking down the sugars - both those added and the complex sugars you find in flour, giving off carbon dioxide. This makes the dough rise. We make pizza in such a way that you can watch the reaction happen in water before adding the yeast, water, and sugar solution to the bread. Pretty amazing!
Dry ice is sold in most grocery stores, although you probably have to ask for it. They don't keep it on shelves because it is so cold it can burn bare skin! These experiments require close parental supervision, but they are a cool (pun intended!) way to teach children about sublimation!
Chemistry Kits for More Advanced Experiments
Many chemical experiments can only be done in a lab, but these days there are some very impressive chemistry experiments that work in a home school or home enrichment setting.
I was lucky enough to review review Kiwi Co‘s Chemistry crates a while ago, and they are fantastic! Read the reviews by clicking on the images below.
MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.