A home made chemistry kit

by Deb on December 7, 2009

From the list of Christmas presents, here’s ideas for a home made chemistry kit:

Tools

For reactions:

  • Saucers from a toy tea set.
  • Tops from yoghurt containers or little round tubs (sour cream, cottage cheese, etc).
  • Egg cartons lined with alfoil.
  • Jar lids.

For storage:

All well labelled!!!!

  • Glass jars.
  • Glue bottles.
  • Hotel gel and shampoo bottles.
  • Small plastic dressing containers.
  • Alfoil

For stirring etc:

  • Pop sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Tweezers
  • Coffee filter paper
  • Paper towels
  • Baking paper
  • Art smock

Chemicals

Solids:

  • Talcum powder
  • Chalk
  • Pencil leads/graphite if you have some
  • Sodium bicarbonate (Baking soda)
  • Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid)
  • Citric acid (found in the baking section)
  • Different types of sugar.
  • Salt
  • Copper Sulfate (try pool supplies)
  • Washing soda
  • Borax
  • Cornflour
  • Soap (grate it or get flakes)
  • Gelatine
  • Metals

Liquids/Gels:

  • Water (if you have very hard water, you might want to get some distilled water)
  • Bleach (adult supervision)
  • Other cleaning products
  • Liquid soap
  • Shampoo
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Vinegar
  • Food colours

Perishables:

  • Cooking oil
  • Bright flower petals
  • Fruit juice
  • Red cabbage for indicator

Most of these you can just play around with, next year I’ll start adding specific experiments.  Have you done any chemistry at home?

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