Science is such a great subject because it allows you to mix substances and create simple and fun experiments.
My son and I did four experiments using ingredients from the kitchen. We enjoyed the process of gathering tools, reading instructions, mixing substances, and observing the outcome.
Join us in doing the experiments below!
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Let’s Get Started!
- Sturdy Paper Plate
- Food coloring
- Dish soap
- Cotton Swab
- Pour enough milk onto the plate to cover the surface.
- Drop food coloring into the center of the milk.
- Dip a cotton swab into dish soap and then touch the tip into the center of the food coloring.
- Watch what happens.
- You should see the colors move when the cotton swap touch the milk.
Why it Works?
- The dish soap does not mix with the milk.
- Instead, the dish soap floats on top and spreads.
- As the dish soap spreads, it grabs the food coloring.
- Soap attacks grease so its molecules go for the fat in the milk.
- This causes movement and the colors to swirl around.
- Empty plastic water bottle
- An old sock
- An aluminum / plastic container
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup dish soap
- Use scissors to cut the bottom off the water bottle.
- Place the elastic part of the sock over the bottom of the water bottle.
- Mix the water and dish soap in a container with a spoon.
- Dip the sock end of the bottle into the soapy mixture.
- Blow on the mouth of the bottle to create a long bubble worm.
- Adults and older child should blow on the mouth.
- I let my son blow ONCE just to experience it.
- Sometimes small children will inhale on the mouth of the bottle instead of blowing out.
- Let young children grab the bubbles at the bottom as you are blowing the mouth of the bottle.
Why it Works?
- Water and soap are the basic ingredients for bubbles.
- Bubbles are formed because of the air in them.
- The surface of the sock on the water bottle has tiny holes.
- Each of the holes are acting as individual bubble blowers.
- Each hole is taking a bit of air in a layer of soap.
- This combines to create the Bubble Worm.
Corn Starch Slime:
- 1 cup of Corn Starch
- 1/2 cup Water
- Washable paint or food coloring (I prefer paint because it washes off easily).
- Dump corn starch in a bowl.
- Add water to the bowl
- Keep adding corn starch or water until it reaches the consistency you like.
- Add washable paint to mixture to make it colorful.
Why it Works?
- The grains of the cornstarch are NOT dissolved in the water.
- The cornstarch grains are suspended and spread out in the water.
- The cornstarch grains can hold its position in water when pressure is applied.
- Vase or Cup
- Baking soda
- Food Coloring
- Place 2-3 Tablespoons of baking soda in the bottom of the vase or cup.
- Put the vase or cup in the pan.
- Add 6-7 drops of food coloring and 1-2 teaspoons of glitter
- Pour in the 1/2 cup of vinegar.
- Watch for the sparkles.
Why it Works?
- Baking Soda is a base and Vinegar is an acid.
- When Baking Soda and Vinegar mix, the hydrogen ions in the vinegar react with the sodium and bicarbonate ions in the baking soda.
- This mix is the result of two new substances called carbonic acid and sodium acetate.
- There is a second reaction called decomposition reaction.
- Decomposition reaction is when carbonic acid is formed.
- The carbonic acid is decompose into water and carbon dioxide gas which causes the bubbling action.
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29 thoughts on “4 Simple & Fun Kitchen Science Experiments for Young Kids”
My son would love to do these! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Jessy! I would love to know how your son reacted to the experiments.
Thank you Amanda for your comment!
These are really creative ideas for kids!
Thank you John for reading and your comment!
Great ideas! I have no kids, but I love to read science experiments and try them. I think adults can enjoy this kind of projects as much as the kids.
Thank you Andrea for your comment and compliment!
What great ideas! I look forward to trying this with my son.
Thank you for your comment! I would love to know how your son reacted to the experiment!
I will have to give you an update!
Such fun. I love doing experiments as a kid and now I do them with my niece and nephews.
Thank you so much for your comment! Experiments are fun! I love the whole process!
These look like fun indoor activities to do with my little guy this weekend! We’re snowed in, so perfect timing!! Thanks for the post!
No problem! I hope he enjoys these fun activities!
Oh my goodness, I am definitely going to give these a try with my girls! Super fun projects, thank you for sharing 😊
No problem, Ida! Thank you for commenting!
Great ways to get the kids to love Science as a subject! Slime is the rave here with young kids so I will definitely share.
Thank you Joleisa for your comment!. Yes hands on science projects are so fun! I wish I would have done more of them when I was a child.
Hhhhmmmmm….sounds like a plan!
Great! I hope you enjoy doing these experiments!
Great article! It can be a good start for kids to learn and love science and experimenting!
Yes my son loves science experiments! Therefore he says he loves science! There is a lot of learning within these experiments.
My daughter loves experiments so will have to try these with her!
This is a great experiment for STEM.
Thank you for your comment. These are great activities for STEM!
These are really great ideas! We do a ton of science experiements at home and the slime is a favorite.
I am so tired of slim my head is about to explode lol. The other ideas are great! thanks.