There is nothing that makes a kid feel more like a real scientist than making a red cabbage indicator and using it to determine whether household solutions are acidic or basic. Experimenting with a homemade pH indicator is a fantastic hands-on way to introduce children to real world acid/base chemistry. It is one of our favorite kitchen science experiments!

A collection of fascinating red cabbage indicator science experiments for kids. Learn how to make a natural pH indicator and then use it to do real acid/base chemistry! The red cabbage pH indicator can be used for science experiments, art projects, and then eaten for breakfast. Fun red cabbage experiment STEM activity.

What is a Red Cabbage pH Indicator?

Indicators are chemical compounds that change color when added to a solution to show whether the solution is neutral, acidic, or basic. Red cabbage contains a chemical called anthocyanin that makes a very colorful (and safe!) homemade indicator.

The kids LOVE watching the color change right before their eyes!

Below are some of the most creative and educational red cabbage experiments from all over the web. These cabbage juice indicator experiments are wonderful for students of all ages, at home or in the classroom.

Start out by learning how to make red cabbage indicators. (It’s as simple as cutting and boiling a head of red cabbage!) Then use the juice to:

A collection of fascinating red cabbage indicator science experiments for kids. Learn how to make a natural pH indicator and then use it to do real acid/base chemistry! The red cabbage pH indicator can be used for science experiments, art projects, and then eaten for breakfast. Fun red cabbage experiment STEM activity.

A collection of fascinating red cabbage indicator science experiments for kids. Learn how to make a natural pH indicator and then use it to do real acid/base chemistry! The red cabbage pH indicator can be used for science experiments, art projects, and then eaten for breakfast. Fun red cabbage experiment STEM activity.

A collection of fascinating red cabbage indicator science experiments for kids. Learn how to make a natural pH indicator and then use it to do real acid/base chemistry! The red cabbage pH indicator can be used for science experiments, art projects, and then eaten for breakfast. Fun red cabbage experiment STEM activity.

If you are looking for more ways to teach kids about acids and bases you can make a lava lamp, launch a rocket, explode a snowman, or make a naked egg!

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