Playing with food, it’s something kids love to do. What’s better than playing with food? Using food to learn! Kitchen Science Lab for Kids is a fantastic way to get kids exploring with food and learning valuable science lessons. Plus, many of these activities teach healthy living principles that will help kids live healthier lives!
Kitchen Science Lab for Kids
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So how does one get started doing science labs with kids in the kitchen? The best way is to start by letting kids explore with their food. Have them make observations and talk about items in the kitchen. Cut open various foods to explore them, inside and out.
Use a magnifying glass or microscope to examine items up close. Invite them to help you bake and cook. Let them see up close the transformations food can undergo in the kitchen. Let them get hands on and explore.
It’s amazing the amount of learning that can happen when we let kids follow their interests.
Once you are ready to start some more structured lessons, here are some genius kitchen science lab activities for kids. Let these inspire your own kitchen science experiments!
MAKING FOOD SCIENCE LABS
Sweet Slurpee – In this science lab kids will learn how to use a little ice and salt to make themselves a sweet slurpee treat. This heat transfer activity takes a bit of time but the results are a hit every time.
Making Butter – Need an arm workout? Get your busy kids putting that energy to good use as they shake, shake, shake their way to some delicious, homemade butter.
Bread Science – After making butter it’s time to bake some homemade bread to pair with your delicious butter. We have made bread so many different ways, just pick the one that’s perfect for you and learn math, chemistry and more. Plus fresh baked bread tastes incredible!
USING CANDY FOR SCIENCE LABS IN THE KITCHEN
Skittles Experiment – This gorgeous experiment brings out the creative juices in kids! So easy to set up and the result is the most stunning pieces of science art. A definitely must do!
Candy Color Science Experiment – This popular experiment is very easy to do and the results are beautiful. If you have multiple kids, encourage them to test this experiment by trying different designs and patterns to see how it affects the results.
Pop Rocks Gas Exploration – Do your kids love pop rocks? This experiment captures the gases released when pop rocks pop in an exciting, visual way.
Gummy Mummies – We love making our own gummies and it wasn’t long before the kids were wondering what kind of science we could do with our gummies. This activity has a wonderful history tie in, to help broaden your lesson.
Growing Gummy Bears – A fantastic partner activity to Gummy Mummies, is to do this growing gummies experiment. Do these two activities together for even more studies and learning.
Edible Marshmallow Play Dough – For your slime and play dough obsessed kids, this is a fun way to make an edible alternative using items in the kitchen. It’s super fast and easy to do, and kids can’t resist having a little taste. For another recipe alternative, try this Edible Silly Putty.
Layered Lollipops – This activity smells amazing and kids are fascinated by the results. It takes a steady hand, but once you have layered your lollipops, the results are mesmerizing.
Want to do more science studies with sweets and candies?
Check out this Marshmallow Unit Study that will really help your students dive in and explore these soft, tasty treats.
Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids
I’ve mentioned it a few times now, but did you know I have a brand new book out? Snackable Science is jam packed full of exciting edible experiments for kids of all ages!
I’m so pleased at how it turned out, so I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
To celebrate all things kitchen science I’ve spruced up this very old kitchen science experiments post from 2013!
The kitchen is a great place to explore science with children. Even something as simple as melting chocolate is a great science activity. You can cook, bake, set up a sensory activity, create some science magic, set up lava lamps and volcanoes or even just play with ice. The creative opportunities are endless.
There are so many different things you can do with eggs. Learn about strong shapes, dissolve the shell in vinegar, transform egg white into meringue and even make an egg float with these awesome egg experiments
Kitchen Science for Preschoolers
My preschooler loves gloop or oobleck, if you’ve never made it before, you have to try it. The cornflour ( cornstarch ) and water mixture feels solid if you squeeze it, but turns into a liquid when the pressure is released.
Use eggs to learn about tooth decay.
This density experiment will impress everyone. An extra fun challenge is to find a small object to balance on each layer.
Create a Bake Off worthy masterpiece with the Science Sparks Bake off!
Can you believe meringue is made from sugar and egg white? Little scientists can transform egg white into a lovely sweet treat.
Discover the power of baking soda by making pancakes!
Making treacle toffee is a great activity for learning about changes of state as the sugar melts and then becomes solid again. Be very careful with the hot mixture though.
Try some colour mixing with jelly. This is great fun and you end up with a fun dessert after the investigation.
Grow some sugar crystals and make a lolly.
Find out why popping candy pops.
Savoury Kitchen Science
Make a pizza to learn about respiration and yeast. Bread making is another fun activity to see yeast in action.
Make a baked alaska to find out how you can put ice cream in the oven without it melting.
Make some yummy honeycomb and discover why it has holes.
Can you make your own butter?
This activity is great for learning about colloids. It takes a bit of time and some energy but the end result it worth it.
Food and Diet Activities
Find out about food groups with this fun activity.
Discover how much sugar common drinks contain.
We’ve also used hula hoops to group foods into healthy and unhealthy recently.
Milk Based Experiments
Do you know why milk curdles?
Did you know you can make glue from milk which actually sticks!!
This one is not so appetising, but still fun. Find out why apples rot
Using kitchen equipment
Get imaginative with some candy mixtures.
Get the kitchen scales out and try some weighing and measuring.
More scientific principles
- Learn all about ice and it’s properties with these fun activities.
- Explore absorption with sugar cubes and coloured water
- Learn about filtering by cleaning up dirty water.
Make a firework in a glass to discover why oil and water don’t mix.
Make an indicator with red cabbage.
Create a pretty milk display to learn about emulsions.
Discover how to make a lemon sink
Find out how to blow up a balloon with lemon juice..
Can you make raisins dance ?
These fizzing rocks are a big favourite in our house. You could even add some plastic bugs to give an added twist.
Explore yeast and respiration by blowing up a balloon.
Finally, how about our old favourite the baking soda volcano.
What do you think? Can you think of any more kitchen science experiments for us?
20+ Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids
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!
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.
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.
And if that wasn’t enough, try these 16 *almost* free kitchen science experiments for kids, these 19 kitchen science experiments you can eat, and these 20 kitchen science experiments the kids will love!
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:
More Hands-On Science for Kids
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Kitchen Science Projects for Kids
After spending a year as Science Parent at my children’s cooperative preschool I realized that introducing science to kids is as easy as a trip to your pantry/refrigerator. With eight common household ingredients you can do a whole host of science projects and I’m here to let you know how!
Your eight ingredients are:
- Food Coloring
- Corn Syrup
- Baking Soda
- Dish soap
I didn’t add in water because I’m taking it for granted you have easy access to it!
With these eight ingredients you can do the following experiments:
Now visit your refrigerator, pull out a few eggs and you can do a couple more projects:
- Egg Float: Egg + Water + Salt
- Naked Eggs: Vinegar + Egg
I told you it was easy! With summer here these science experiments for kids are perfect for adding a little learning into your child’s day.
Do you have any other science projects that use these common ingredients? Leave a comment below with your suggestions!
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8 Easy Home Science Experiments for Kids
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Clean Pennies with Pantry Ingredients
This will help kids start to understand chemical reactions. You’ll need a few dirty pennies, 1/3 cup white vinegar and a teaspoon of salt. Put all the “ingredients” in a small glass bowl and stir.
Count to 60, then rinse. Your change should be shiny! The acetic acid in vinegar dissolves dark copper oxides and leaves each penny looking as good as new. Find more ways to clean with vinegar at home.
Melissa Franco for Taste of Home
Create Rainbow Columns
Learn about density with this rainbow experiment. You’ll need sugar, water, five glasses and four food dyes. Line up four of the five glasses and fill each with exactly 45ml of water.
Then, use a couple drops of food dye to make each glass of water a different color.
The next step is to add the sugar in order of decreasing density (4 tablespoons, 3 tablespoons, 2 tablespoons, 1 tablespoon) to each glass.
Start with the glass that is the densest (the one with 4 tablespoons of sugar). Use it to fill the empty glass one-quarter of the way. Add the other solutions in order of decreasing density (3 tablespoons, 2 tablespoons, 1 tablespoon). Done carefully, you should have four different, expertly separated layers!
Psst! The best way to add each layer is to turn a spoon upside down (curved side up) so the water slowly drips in from multiple sides.
Melissa Franco for Taste of Home
Learn Why Salt Melts Ice
Why does salt melt ice? Here’s how it happens. Simply fill a glass with water and three to four ice cubes and dip a string inside. You’ll notice nothing happens. Then, sprinkle some granular salt, keeping the string in the glass (touching the cubes). Pull the string out. You’ll notice that a few ice cubes will temporarily stick to your line!
The salt thaws the outer layer of the ice cube. Then, when the salt moves past, the cubes will re-freeze, trapping the string next to the cube. Here’s how to keep your ice cubes from sticking together.
Over 20 Fun Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids
Not all science requires expensive and hard to find chemicals or fancy laboratories. You can explore the fun of science in your own kitchen. Here are some science experiments and projects you can do that use common kitchen chemicals.
Click through the images for a collection of easy kitchen science experiments, along with a list of the ingredients you will need for each project.
You can layer a density column using sugar, food coloring, and water.
Make a rainbow-colored liquid density column. This project is very pretty, plus it's safe enough to drink.Experiment Materials: sugar, water, food coloring, a glass
The volcano has been filled with water, vinegar, and a little detergent. Adding baking soda causes it to erupt.
This is the classic science fair demonstration in which you simulate a volcanic eruption using kitchen chemicals.Experiment Materials: baking soda, vinegar, water, detergent, food coloring and either a bottle or else you can build a dough volcano.
Reveal an invisible ink message by heating the paper or coating it with a second chemical.
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Write a secret message, which becomes invisible when the paper is dry. Reveal the secret!Experiment Materials: paper and just about any chemical in your house