Make Your Own Mentos Explosion

Make Your Own Mentos Explosion

Chemical reaction or display of physical force? Try this experiment with candy and soda and see what happens.
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Eat a Water Molecule

Eat a Water Molecule

From Chemical Reactions!

We now know what the formula for water looks like. What does an actual molecule of water look like? How can we see something that small? Powerful X-ray machinery allows scientists to predict how the atoms in a molecule look. Let’s build a model so we can see, too.

Chemical or Physical?

Chemical or Physical?

From The Chemistry of Food

In the kitchen, chefs combine and alter food ingredients to create a finished dish. Some of these changes are physical—the food changes form, shape, and size, but the molecules that make up the food do not change. Other changes in food are chemical. When food undergoes a chemical reaction, a new substance is created. During a chemical change, bonds between molecules are created or destroyed. In this activity, you will classify different changes food undergoes...

Build the Eiffel Tower

Build the Eiffel Tower

From The Science and Technology of Marie Curie

Built in 1889 for the World Exposition, the Eiffel Tower honored the French Revolution. It also showcased national engineering and design expertise to an audience of global visitors. Originally intended as a temporary monument, it remains one of the world’s most visited landmarks. The structure of the tower itself is actually quite simple! To understand how its rivets and beams join, build a model of your own.

Point A Masterpiece

Point A Masterpiece

From Explore Atoms and Molecules!

Does pointillism really work? Create your own pointy artwork to find out.



Praise for a previous edition of this book

Children’s Literature Review
“This tidy kid-friendly book is crammed with activities and information on chemistry . . . Lots of science information is mixed with the how-to of the projects and there is hardly a blank space on a page anywhere in the book . . . A very nicely done and reasonably priced collection.”

Detailed Book Description

A new edition offers more science fun with updated activities and links to great chemistry videos!

In Kitchen Chemistry: Cool Crystals, Rockin’ Reactions, and Magical Mixtures with Hands-On Science Activities, readers ages 9 to 12 discover that the cooking, mixing, and measuring you do in the kitchen all has its roots deep in science—chemistry to be exact!

Starting with an exploration of atoms and molecules and how they make up the world, Kitchen Chemistry goes on to discuss mixtures, reactions, states of matter, solutions, and more! By using familiar scenarios such as boiling water, baking cookies, and creating slime, kids make text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections that deepen their understanding of the world around us and the connection to chemistry to be found in every area of life. Hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, and links to online primary resources help readers learn the fundamentals of the world of chemistry!

Try these hands-on chemistry projects!

  • Make your own crystals
  • Create a chromacolor bookmark
  • Study rust on different materials
  • Make vanilla ice cream
Available In:
Paperback, $17.95
Hardcover, $22.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8x10 size | 4-color | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Chemistry


Periodic Table of Elements

Chemistry Matters!

Chapter 1
The Small Stuff: Atoms and Molecules

Chapter 2
Mix It Up with Mixtures

Chapter 3
Reactions: Presto-Chang-O!

Chapter 4
Solids: It’s a State of Mind

Chapter 5
Liquids: Go with the Flow!

Chapter 6
Gases: It’s Something in the Air

Chapter 7
A Change of State

Chapter 8
Water Everywhere

Metric Conversions
Essential Questions