Our kids love doing kitchen science experiments because they are easy to set up, easy to clean up, and magical to watch. These 20+ kitchen science experiments are simple to do in the classroom or at home and will engage the minds of kids from preschool and up.
Jaw Dropping Kitchen Science Experiments
The kids will think you went to school at Hogwarts when they see these experiments! Write invisible messages, make bubbling color changing potions, dissolve the shell from an egg, catch ice with a string, and much, much more!
- Erupt a salt shaker volcano
- Create a color changing chemical reaction that bubbles and fizzes
- Learn about the ocean and watch jewels levitate with this salt water experiment
- Create and experiment with a naked egg
- Make a soda can submarine
- Learn a cool trick and watch how salt melts ice
- Write secret messages with invisible ink
- Make a red cabbage pH indicator and test it out on common kitchen liquids
- Learn about fire safety by making a DIY fire extinguisher with common kitchen supplies
- Learn how to separate salt and pepper with a magic spoon
- Discover how arctic animals stay warm in a fun hands-on kitchen science experiment
- Learn 7 different ways to use a red cabbage indicator to do science experiments
Kitchen Science Experiments to Eat
Is there anything better than doing a science experiment you can eat? I don’t think so! Make everything from ice cream to hard candy to a colorful Skittles rainbow and enjoy a sweet reward at the end.
- Make delicious homemade ice cream
- Learn about making sugar crystals and enjoy the sweet results
- Use the power of salt to make a cool fruity ice slush to drink
- Experiment with dancing cranberries
- Create a Skittles rainbow
- Use kitchen scraps to grow a kitchen window sill garden
- Use leftover sweets to do delicious candy math, engineering, and science activities
- Answer the question, “Does fruit sink or float?”
Artsy Kitchen Science Experiments
Use loads of food coloring to create colorful art while learning basic science principles. The kids will love experimenting as they use everything from a plate of milk to ice cubes as their canvas.
- Use magic milk to create process art that erupts and evolves
- Watch water walk to create a beautiful rainbow
- Use leftover Easter egg dye or colored vinegar to do this brilliant baking soda and vinegar experiment
- Experiment with ice color mixing to make gorgeous patterns
- Use a secret ingredient to turn regular ice into a work of ice art
- Make egg head planters and watch seeds sprout
- Create a bright rainbow in this sugar water density experiment
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Must-Have Supplies for Kitchen Science Experiments
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Usually we do science in the kitchen with supplies we already have on hand, but there are a few specialty items we have purchased along the way. Luckily they don’t cost much and we use them over and over again! The items below are some of our favorites:
- Disposable plastic pipettes
- This science lab set that comes with kid-sized flasks, beakers, tweezers, and more
- Safety glasses for kids
More Hands-On Science for Kids
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