Fun, simple chemistry experiments and easy projects kids to teens in high school can do at home using household materials to create really cool chemical reactions.
Since chemistry is a process, not just a collection of facts, homeschool children should be encouraged to do what real chemists do: make predictions, design and modify experiments, make observations, and draw reasonable conclusions. No liability for personal injury or damage to property or facilities will be assumed by A2Z Home’s Cool in connection with these activities and experiments. Be sure you understand lab safety considerations before you start.
Acids and Bases
Acid Rain Experiments
Start with learning how to measure the pH of common substances, and then move on to determining the amount of acid in soil and streams.
Alka-Seltzer Student Science Experiments
The familiar fizzing you hear when you drop an Alka-Seltzer tablet into a glass of water is the result of a chemical reaction. It’s also the perfect tool for demonstrating some very nifty science principles; things like the factors affecting the rates of chemical reactions, or the colors produced by a chemical reaction. The following are some science experiments appropriate for in-school or at-home use.
Cabbage Juice – pH indicator
Make your own acid/base indicator by boiling red cabbage. Use the juice to pH-test different fluids.
Backyard Chemistry Experiments
Test the pH of various water samples, such as pool water, tap water, bottled water, pond water, fish tank water using a pool kit capable of testing pH and various water samples.
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Whether it’s Christmas time or not, Borax crystals are easy to create and lovely to look at.
Charcoal Crystal Garden
Colorful, small, delicate crystals grow on a charcoal or brick surface. You can also use pieces of sponge, coal, or crumbled cork to grow the crystals on. Crystals are formed because the porous materials they grow on draw up the solution by capillary action.
Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing Original Magic Salt Crystal Garden
Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing is a colloidal suspension of extremely minute particles of blue powder (Ferric Hexacyanoferrate). You can order bluing or the whole kit on this website, if you wish.
Hot and Cold
Dry Ice Experiments
ERock-it Science Director John McChesney presents several homeschool science experiments showing the fascinating properties of Dry Ice. This video also includes one of John’s crazy stories, “Seven Dungeons,” in which Jack and Jill must use dry ice to escape from their nemesis, “The Evil Mr. Fred.” Rock-it Science is a nonprofit serving the Silicon Valley area.
The demonstrations in this chapter present special hazards, since most involve very hot or extremely cold substances, volatile chemicals, fragile glassware, high pressure gases or evacuated containers.
Steel Wool Generating Heat
Chemical reactions occur every day all around us. A chemical reaction is a process where one type of substance is chemically converted to another substance.
Better hair Through Chemistry
I realized that a little bit of understanding could reduce the number of Bad Hair Days I experience. Scientific knowledge and a few chemical concoctions will get me through the week and a half until I get my hair back into acceptable shape.
The Chemistry of Dyeing: Reactive Dyes
How does tie-dying work anyways? Why does the dye stick permanently to cotton material? For big and little kids.
Classic Chemistry Experiments
A ‘book’ in Acrobat and Word format with descriptions of 100 classic chemistry experiments.
There are full-colour worksheets and teaching notes for fun activities suitable for a chemistry club, and around three hundred pages of question sheets and practical guides for GCSE and A Level Chemistry.
The Exploratorium Science Snacks about Chemistry
Bubbles, making a fog chamber, why milk makes some people sick, how taste works, and more.
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A visco-elastic substance, rather like putty, that is fun to make and play with. Oobleck and Glorax recipes included. Resources for getting large quantities of the chemicals.
Learn how to make a can collapse or make a balloon fireproof. From Professor Shakhashiri.
How to make fun glycerin soap
You can quickly and easily make a set of fun and cute or elegant glycerin soaps. I am a chemistry teacher so I make them for my students to use to wash their hands after labs. Since I am using them in school I don’t add any fragrance but I will explain how and when you can do that.
Formulas for lotions, potions, concoctions and remedies you can make at home.
Potential Hazards in Your Home
A lesson plan for a high school-level experiment identifying household chemicals and understanding their possible effects.
To understand what is needed to achieve effective cleaning, it is helpful to have a basic knowledge of soap and detergent chemistry.
Stain Removal From Washable Fabrics
Sharon Stevens explains practical household uses of chemicals to remove stains from various sources.