These Chemistry Experiments Don’t Need a Lab!
Your In-house Lab for Chemistry Experiments
For someone who loves science, the pandemic has been a huge barrier in learning the practical applications of scientific theories. If your learning has come to a standstill due to the closed science labs, then we have something amazing for you! You can now perform some of the most brilliant chemistry experiments at home using materials you probably already have!
4 Chemistry Experiments to Try at Home
With this super fun chemistry experiment, you can have a splash while bathing!
You will need:
- food colouring
- flower petals or body glitter
- sweet almond oil
- scented oil such as lavender oil
- 10 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda
- 3 tablespoons of citric acid
- 2 large mixing bowls
- 1 large muffin tray
- 1 small glass jar
- rubber gloves
- Grease the sides and bases of a large muffin tray with a small amount of almond oil.
- Place the citric acid and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Mix the ingredients together well, to form the base mixture.
- Scoop out about half a cup of this mixture and put it into another bowl. This will make about one or two bath bombs (depending on the size of the holes in your muffin tray). You could also use old plastic containers or anything that will hold a shape.
- Add the flower petals or body glitter to the base mixture.
- In the small glass jar, mix together 6 drops of your scented oil, 5 teaspoons of sweet almond oil and about 10 drops of food colouring.
- Gradually pour the oil mixture into the half cup of the base mixture. While wearing rubber gloves, quickly mix it all together. The mixture is ready when it stays together in your hands without crumbling too much.
- Spoon the mixture into the muffin tray. Press it down firmly.
- You can use the rest of the mixture with other types of scented oil or food colouring to make more bath bombs.
- Leave the bombs in the tray to set for a few days.
- Carefully up-end your bath bombs to remove them from the moulds.
- Run a bath, hop in and drop a bomb.
An egg that feels like rubber?! With this chemistry experiment, it is possible! Follow these instructions to make an egg bounce while learning about chemical reactions.
You will need:
- hard-boiled egg, with shell on
- glass of vinegar.
To make your eggs bounce in this chemistry experiment, you will need to:
- Put the egg into the vinegar – you should see bubbles start to form on the egg.
- Leave the egg undisturbed for at least a day. You should see some wonderful scum form.
- Take the egg out of the vinegar and rinse it with water. The shell will rub off.
- Give the egg a poke with your finger and squeeze it gently.
Slime for kids is a favourite pastime and with this chemistry experiment, you can make one at home!
You will need:
- food colouring
- small mixing bowl
- plastic spoon
- Pour some cornflour into a mixing bowl.
- Stir in small amounts of water until the cornflour has become a very thick paste.
- To make the slime the colour of your choice, thoroughly stir about five drops of food colouring into the mixture.
- Stir your slime slowly. Stir your slime fast.
- Now punch your slime hard and fast. It should feel like you’re punching a solid.
The Red Cabbage pH Test
Red cabbage is a great natural indicator and is perfect to perform chemistry experiments.
You will need:
- red cabbage
- white paper
- white paper plate
- lemon juice
- baking soda
- To get this pH test started, slice some red cabbage, put it in a pot with some water and let it simmer for 30 minutes or so. Strain the liquid out, set it aside and then you’re all ready to get started.
- Grab a couple of small rectangles of white paper. Index cards are a great choice, but you can also cut out regular pieces of scrap paper. Soak them in the red cabbage water and let them dry.
- Take a white paper plate or a thick sheet or white paper and drip a few drops of your cabbage water onto this surface. Take an acid, such as lemon juice, and a base, such as baking soda, and add a small amount into different sections of your cabbage water samples.
- The water will change color as a result and will look like magic in the process. With a solid explanation of bases and acids under their belts, kids will enjoy watching the colors change in response to the different liquids.
Another way to use this cabbage water is to pour a few inches of it in two separate glasses. Add water to these glasses as well, until they’re about two-thirds of the way full. Finally, add a base to one glass and an acid to the other and watch the entire glassful of liquid change colors.
Once your chemistry experiment of making homemade litmus papers is dry, cut them into smaller strips. Now the kids can perform their very own litmus tests with all kinds of different materials and substances. Pull different things out of the fridge and let the kids use the papers to test them. Some good things to try include pickle brine, apple juice and soda.
Before you dip the papers into the substances, ask the kids to guess whether an item will be acidic or basic, and make a game out of it. Show them how to record their predictions, along with whether or not they were correct.
Of course, if red cabbage is unavailable or if you’d rather not go through the process of creating your own litmus papers, you can simply buy prepared litmus papers in many different stores. These pre-made papers will work in exactly the same way and can be used to perform similar chemistry experiments at home!
While all kids have fairly adjusted to the new normal of learning online, the joy of hands-on learning subjects like science in a laboratory setting took a backseat. WIth these chemistry experiments, your kids can have a lab-like experience at home! All of these chemistry experiments are safe for children to try out, however, adult supervision would be advised for all parents.
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