Countertop Chemistry

There is a lot of interesting science to investigate in this world. Not all of the science is done by men wearing white coats and working in laboratories. All of the world around us involves science. A child (or teacher) can investigate some pretty interesting stuff without requiring a laboratory or expensive laboratory equipment or dangerous chemicals.

  1. Download PDFs of Activities
  2. Introduction
  3. Dancing Spaghetti – Experiment 1
  4. Combustion – Experiment 2
  5. Law of Conservation of Mass – Experiment 3
  6. Chromatography – Experiment 4
  7. Ziptop Bag Chemistry – Experiment 5
  8. Floating Candles – Experiment 6
  9. Production of Oxygen – Experiment 7
  10. Production of Hydrogen – Experiment 8
  11. Production of Carbon Dioxide – Experiment 9
  12. Single Replacement Micro-Reactions – Experiment 10
  13. Double Replacement Micro-Reactions – Experiment 11
  14. Gas Producing Micro-Reaction – Experiment 12
  15. Red, White and Blue I Demonstration – Experiment 13
  16. Rate of Solution Demonstration – Experiment 14
  17. Ice Cream – Experiment 15
  18. Daffy Density – Experiment 16
  19. Red, White and Blue II Demonstration – Experiment 17
  20. Oobleck – Experiment 18
  21. Gluep – Experiment 19
  22. Clear Slime Polymer – Experiment 20
  23. Cat’s Meow – Experiment 21
  24. Cabbage Juice Indicator – Experiment 22
  25. Invisible Ink Demonstration – Experiment 23
  26. Witches’ Potion Demonstration – Experiment 24
  27. What’s in a Penny? – Experiment 25
  28. Formulas Poker – Experiment 26
  29. Radioactive Decay of Candium – Experiment 27
  30. Appendix A – Comparison of Solutions, Suspensions, and Colloids
  31. Appendix B – Chemicals Used in Countertop Chemistry
  32. Appendix C – Commercial Equivalents for Chemicals
  33. Appendix D – Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  34. Appendix E – Activities and Demonstrations