Chemistry experiments using food you can do with kids in your homeschool kitchen.
Chemistry 101 for Pound Cakes
In order for a cake to rise, it must have a leavening agent to make the batter increase in volume. Most of the cakes use carbon dioxide, which is released from the baking soda or baking powder in the recipe.
Aidan’s Freckle Juice project
Buy Freckle Juice by Judy Bloom
One day after school, Andrew works up enough courage to ask Nicky where he got his freckles. When know-it-all Sharon overhears, she offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe — for fifty cents.
Cabbage Juice – pH indicator
Make your own acid/base indicator by boiling red cabbage. Use the juice to pH-test different fluids.
Cookie-Baking Chemistry: How To Engineer Your Perfect Sweet Treat
Baking cookies is almost magical. You put little balls of wet, white dough into the oven and out pop brown, crispy, tasty biscuits.
Color Changing Milk
It’s an explosion of color! Some very unusual things happen when you mix a little milk, food coloring, and a drop of liquid soap. Use this experiment to amaze your friends and uncover the scientific secrets of soap.
The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments
What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints? It’s amazing and completely insane.
The science behind the taste and smell of food.
Four Easy Science Experiments with Vinegar
These science experiments rely on the power of vinegar, a common household substance, to cause the chemical reactions.
Homemade Glue from Milk
With this experiment you can make surprisingly good glue from common kitchen items.
How to Churn Butter
The solid and semi-solid butter-fat globules stick together. Continued shaking results in the disappearance of the bubbles and larger masses of butter are seen. From Janice VanCleave.
How Spud Guns Work
It’s all about expansion of gases. In this article, we will examine the science behind spud guns’ ability to fire potatoes over long distances. We will also discuss other uses for spud guns as well as safety and legal issues.
Lemon Chemistry: An Acid-Base Experiment
A dramatic acid-base reaction using lemons, baking soda, and a little dish soap. Safe for pre-schoolers, and a good demo for older kids who are studying acids and bases.
Make a battery from a lemon. The lemon battery is called a voltaic battery, which changes chemical energy into electrical energy.
Explore this virtual kitchen and perform online experiments to solve a puzzle and get a reward. To see The Virtual Kitchen, you’ll need a plug-in called Flash. From PBS.
Making Invisible Ink Appear
Using milk, baking soda, lemon juice or other food sources to make invisible ink. Which works best?
Quick and Easy Kitchen Chemistry Experiments You Can Share with Your Kids
Hi, I’m Aurora Lipper, owner of Supercharged Science. And yes, there are better, more successful ways to learning science. Let’s mix up chemicals that bubble, ooze, freeze, and change colors.
A Science Experiment Yields Cake
A reminder that kids just love to create their own experiments with food. it’s the process that counts.
Smell the Difference
Even though the same atoms combine to make mirror molecules, the left-handed and right-handed versions can have very different properties, such as smell. With a few items from around your house (and your parents permission), you will be able to smell the difference between some stereoisomers.
Sunkist Kids Experiments
Experiments and recipes using oranges and lemons. From Sunkist.
Photosynthesis: Testing for Starch
Any extra food a plant makes through photosynthesis is stored in its tissue as starch. Testing a leaf for starch is one way to test whether it has been performing photosynthesis. (Adult supervision required.)
Testing for Glucose and Starch
All foods contain chemicals. Some of the most common ones are the nutrients glucose (a sugar), fat, and starch. It’s not difficult to detect these nutrient chemicals in food. In this activity, you’ll use simple tests to determine their presence in everyday foods.
Water to Wine
The magician taps the edge of a glass of water with a wand and quickly pours it into an empty wine glass, and voila! The water is instantly changed into red wine. Pouring the wine into a third container changes it back into water.