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Egg in Vinegar Experiment – Make a Rubber Egg

Egg in Vinegar Experiment

The egg in vinegar experiment is a fun way of learning about egg structure, chemical reactions, osmosis, and the scientific method . It’s a safe and non-toxic project, so it’s perfect for young investigators. Other names for the egg in vinegar experiment are the naked egg, rubber egg, or bouncy egg. The “naked” part is easy to understand, because you’re removing the shell from the egg using chemistry. The “rubber” or “bouncy” description implies the egg bounces rather than breaks. Does it work? You be the judge!

The Chemistry of the Egg in Vinegar Experiment

Vinegar contains acetic acid (CH 3 COOH), which is a weak acid . Egg shells are calcium carbonate (CaCO 3 ). Acetic acid reacts with calcium carbonate, making calcium acetate and carbon dioxide. Here is the balanced chemical equation for the reaction:

2 CH 3 COOH(aq) + CaCO 3 (s) → Ca(C 2 H 3 O 2 ) 2 (aq) + H 2 O(l) + CO 2 (g)

The calcium acetate dissolves in water, while the carbon dioxide is a gas and forms bubbles. So, the egg shell dissolves and bubbles away, leaving a naked egg.

What You Do

All you need for this project is an egg, vinegar, and a cup:

  • Cup large enough for the egg
  • Food coloring (optional)

Use either a raw egg or hard-boiled egg. The advantage of using a raw egg is that you can see into the inside of the egg when you are done. The advantage of using a hard-boiled egg is that it bounces after pickling in the vinegar. The raw egg bounces a bit too, but if you use too much force it breaks open and makes a mess.

  • Place the egg in a cup.
  • Pour vinegar over the egg until it is just covered. It’s okay if the egg floats a bit. If you like, add a few drops of food coloring. After about 15 minutes, observe the bubbles forming around the egg. The bubbles are carbon dioxide gas. They form from the chemical reaction between the acetic acid in the vinegar and the calcium carbonate of the egg shell. You may also feel that the cup is slightly warm. The reaction is exothermic, meaning it gives off heat. The bubbles and temperature change are two signs of a chemical change .
  • Wait a day. Also note that the liquid becomes cloudy or scummy. This is the dissolving egg shell.
  • If you remove the egg after 1 day, use a spoon. Otherwise, a raw egg easily ruptures. At this point, if you remove the egg, you can easily rinse away any remaining shell. But, you get better results if you pour off the liquid and add fresh vinegar. This is especially true if you want a rubber egg or bouncy egg. Wait another day or two, giving the vinegar time to get all the way into the egg.
  • Remove the egg and rinse it off using water.

Why Rotten or Bad Eggs Float

Why Rotten Eggs Float in Water

Learn the scientific reason why bad eggs float in water, while good eggs sink.

Science Experiments to Try

Now that you have a rubber egg, what do you do with it?

  • Examine the internal structure of the egg. This only works if you started with a raw egg and not a hard-boiled one. Identify the egg membrane, yolk, egg white (albumin), and chalaza.
  • Compare the egg without its shell to a normal egg. Notice that the egg soaked in vinegar is slightly larger than the egg with its shell. Why is this? The reason is because water entered the rubber egg via osmosis . The concentration of salts, proteins, and other molecules inside the egg is greater than the concentration in the cup. The egg membrane is semipermeable. It allows the movement of water, but not larger molecules. So, the egg swells with water to try to dilute the inside of the egg so it has the same concentration and outside of the egg. Experiment : Predict what happens if you soak the rubber egg in corn syrup, salt water, or sugar water. Compare the size of this egg with a normal egg and a rubber egg. Corn syrup, salt water, or sugar water shrink the egg because the liquid is more concentrated the interior of the egg. Here, water leaves the egg via osmosis.
  • Try bouncing the egg. In addition to dissolving the egg shell, vinegar also pickles the egg. It changes the conformation of protein molecules in the egg white. Because vinegar has a low pH, it also helps preserve the egg. Experiment : Compare how well a rubber egg bounces depending on whether you started with a raw egg or hard-boiled egg.

Can You Eat the Egg?

Eating an egg after soaking it in vinegar is not a great plan. First, it won’t taste great. Second, it could make you sick. If you must eat your experiment, soak a hard-boiled egg in vinegar in the refrigerator for a few days.

Does the Egg in Vinegar Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

Mostly, the egg comes out of this project smelling like vinegar. Vinegar pickles the egg, which preserves it. But, once you remove the egg from vinegar it starts decomposing. After enough time, if you break the egg, it will stink. The odor comes from hydrogen sulfide gas, which is a product of the decomposition reactions in the egg.

Of course, if you start the project with a rotten egg, all bets are off. Rupturing the membrane releases any trapped gases. Bounce these egg with care!

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8 Easy Chemistry Experiments At Home (Get a Great Reaction!)

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If you want to have some fun with chemistry at home, there are three main ways to go about it. You can buy a chemistry set, subscribe to a subscription box, or find some instructions and use household items. However you go about it, chemistry is a great way to get kids excited about chemistry and science in general.

Related post: Best STEM Subscription Box for Kids (Ultimate Guide 2024)

Chemistry Sets and Subscription Boxes

Before we dive into easy experiments, you can do with things you’ll probably have at home. I just wanted to talk a little bit about your other options.

Chemistry sets can be an excellent investment. They come with equipment that you can reuse over and over. It’s a lot cheaper than having to replace your drinking glasses and measuring jugs because the kids keep using them for chemistry experiments! They also come with instructions on a range of experiments that you can try. If you’ve done a few of the experiments below and are looking for something more, a chemistry set can be a really good option. There are ones aimed at young kids all the way up to teenagers .

Another great option to consider is subscription boxes. These are great for extending learning and keeping kids entertained and engaged for a more extended period. There are loads of great options to choose from. But, when it comes to chemistry, you really can’t go wrong with MEL Science . They have two subscription levels, so you can get a big box or a small one each month. Because everything is in the box, it really takes all the planning and hunting for ingredients out of the equation.

Experiments Using Household Items

If you don’t have a science kit on hand and are looking for something quick and easy to try at home, then these are the experiments you should try. Most of these use items that you will probably have at home, although a few might require you to get a little creative or grab the odd thing the next time you go to the shops.


Chromatography is a technique used in chemistry. It lets you find out what’s inside chemicals. In this version from Fizzics Education, you’ll see what colors are mixed up inside felt tip pens. It’s a straightforward experiment to carry out. All you need is some paper towels, felt tips, and a glass of water.

This is a simple version of this experiment, but there are some easy ways to make it more interesting or scientific. One way to extend this experiment is to try the same technique but using your favorite sweets’ colorings.

For instance, sweets like M&Ms, Skittles, and Smarties all have food coloring on their outside. You can get a sample of this coloring by sitting the candy in a small amount of water. Then you use the colored water in the same way as the felt tip pens.

To add a bit of rigor and math to the experiment, you need a pencil and a ruler. Instead of drawing a line of felt tip, you draw a line with a pencil. Then put a spot of the felt tip on the pencil line. When you take the paper out, you mark a second pencil line to show how high the water went.

By measuring the distance, each of the colors went and the distance the water went, you can calculate something called the retention factor. The retention factor will be unique for different dyes. To find the retention factor, you take the distance your sample travels and divide it by the length the solvent (water in this case) traveled. You can use this number to see if the same dye is used in different pens.

Pop Rockets

This is one of my favorite chemistry experiments for kids. It does get a little messy, so make sure you have some cloths on hand. Alternatively, you can do it outside to make it a little easier to clean up. Steve Spangler Science has some great instructions to follow.

In their version, they use an old film canister. But these can be a bit hard to get hold of these days since everything is digital. Some good alternatives that work well include empty glue stick containers. It’s also worth keeping your eye out for any food containers with push-on lids, as these can work well. There are always a lot of good options around Halloween, Christmas, and Easter – the snack size containers tend to be pretty good options.

The reason I love this experiment is that it’s a lot of fun. There’s the excitement of the pop and watching the canister fly. But, there are also a lot of opportunities to turn this into a real investigation. You can try changing the volumes of liquid or the type of liquid. You can find the best mix to make the biggest noise, the loudest pop, or the perfect mix to make it pop in precisely 8 seconds.

Make Oobleck Dance!

How to make oobleck

Oobleck is the name that’s been given to an awesome type of slime that you can make at home. If it sounds like something out of Dr. Suess, that’s because it is. This slime is just a mix of cornstarch and water, so it’s pretty easy to make. These instructions from Housing A Forest are pretty good.

What’s cool about Oobleck is that it’s a Non-Newtonian solid. That means that it behaves a little differently than you might expect. For instance, when you try to stir it quickly, it gets hard and almost solid. If you run your fingers through it slowly, it flows like runny syrup.

Now just playing with this stuff is fun, but if you have a speaker to hand, you can do something even cooler. In the guide from Housing A Forest, they suggest using a subwoofer and a cookie sheet. The speaker’s vibrations make the Oobleck bounce around and switch from a solid to a liquid to the beat of the music.

If you have an old speaker that you don’t mind breaking, you can wrap the speaker in saran wrap and put the Oobleck straight onto that. It works a lot better, but if you don’t cover the speaker correctly, it can break.

Make Rubber Eggs

Eggs are an excellent ingredient for science experiments. This experiment from 3P Learning lets you turn a hardboiled egg into a bouncy rubber one. To do this, all you need to do is soak it in vinegar for a day or so. This will dissolve the calcium carbonate of the eggshell. When it’s done, you’ll be able to rub off the tough outer shell.

Without the shell, you’ll be left with the membrane that lines the shell. This membrane helps hold the egg together. This membrane is strong enough to drop the egg onto a surface from a reasonable height, and it will bounce back without falling apart.

The harder your egg is, the less it will bounce. If you want a mix between bounciness and minimal potential for mess, then you’ll want to aim for a soft boiled egg. But, if you don’t mind the mess, try a raw egg. You remove the shell in the same way. When it comes off, you get a peek inside the raw egg. Because it’s raw, it’s squishy and bounces better. Of course, if you drop it from high enough, it will break. When you do this, you’ll find the stretchy membrane, which is pretty cool to feel.

Lemony Eruption

I’m sure you’ve all done the classic volcano eruption with baking soda and vinegar. This is a twist on that experiment. It takes advantage of the fact that lemons are already full of natural citric acid. Here are some great instructions from Babble Dabble Do. They have some handy tips on how to make the most out of each lemon. The great thing about this version is that your room will smell lovely and lemony for the rest of the day.

If you want to extend this, you try investigating which other fruits this would work with. You could explore a whole citric family of volcanoes.

Concoct Some Invisible Ink

Write Secret Messages With Invisible Ink! by Science Buddies

Making invisible ink is really easy. There is some fun chemistry behind how it works. As a bonus, once your kids get the hang of it, they’ll have loads of fun sending coded messages. It’s a great way to keep them entertained.

This great recipe from Thoughtco can be revealed using two different methods. If you have a safe and controllable heat source, you can hold the paper up to that. Ironing the paper works as well, although that’s best left to adults. Otherwise, you can use purple grape juice to reveal the message. If you paint over the page with grape juice, the message will show up in a different color.

If sending secret messages isn’t appealing to your kids, you could challenge them to create something artistic with this technique. The only limit is their imagination.

If you’ve done any chemistry experiments for kids, then you probably know that an acid + baking soda makes for an awesome fizzy experiment. I’ve seen this used in many different ways, but this version from STEAM powered family is one of the best.

In this experiment/activity, you encase small dinosaur toys in a paste made of baking soda and water. By adding food coloring, you can create multicolored eggs. You can even hide glitter inside for an added surprise. When made, you freeze the eggs for about an hour, so they are set hard.

To hatch the eggs, you give your kids syringes and a cup of vinegar. They can then apply the vinegar wherever they want to discover what’s hiding inside the eggs. Just remember to place the eggs in an easy to wash container with reasonably high sides.

Fireworks Alternative

I love fireworks, but I feel guilty about enjoying them because they are an environmental disaster. So, whenever bonfire night rolls around, I always set this up to have some fun and color in our home without having to damage the environment. It’s not quite as good as fireworks, but it’s pretty cool never-the-less.

All you need is:

  • Oil – any sort will do. Cheap vegetable oil is just fine
  • Food coloring (The liquid kind, not gel)
  • Droppers (medicine syringes work well too)
  • A clear, tall jar – a mason jat is perfect

To get the magic going, all you need to do is fill your jar ¾ full with warm water. Then add a good layer of oil on top. About an inch deep is plenty. Then you use your dropper to drip food coloring into the jar.

At first, the food coloring will sit at the interface between the oil and water. Then all of a sudden, it will drop through, leaving a trail of color behind it in the water. It looks impressive if you do lots of drops of different colors and then sit back and watch as they drop through the liquids.

FIrework alternative using oil water and ink

Eventually, your water will turn a muddy, muddle color. But, this is such an easy experiment that you can wash out your jar and try again.

Just a little not to say that if you can’t get hold of a dropper or syringe then you can just drip the food coloring from the bottle. As long as you only put in small amounts at a time it does still work.

If you want to extend the fun, keep the oil and some of the colored water when you pour out the container. You want to have more oil than water this time, so I suggest moving them to a second smaller bottle. Then if you add an Alka-Seltzer tablet, you’ve got a homemade lava lamp. To get the best effect, stand your lava lamp bottle on top of a light.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most useful household ingredients for chemistry experiments.

When it comes to chemistry experiments, having the right ingredients makes all the difference. If you like explosions, then you’ll probably want to have a good supply of baking soda and vinegar on hand. Other common ingredients include ice, food coloring, citric acid, cornflour, and borax.

If you’re planning on doing lots of experiments, you might want to have a clear measuring jug and a few clear bowls of glasses that you don’t mind sacrificing.

Is cooking chemistry?

Absolutely! There is loads of chemistry behind making food taste great. If you like a perfectly browned steak, then you’re a fan of the Maillard reaction. If you like sweets and desserts, then you’re benefiting from the careful balance of ingredients and use of temperature needed to create the textures and flavor you love.

There is a whole field of science called food science, which is a specific field of chemistry. A great introduction to this field is to experiment with the ratio of ingredients in a simple recipe. You’ll learn what effect the different ingredients have on the outcome. Alternatively, you could make a sourdough starter.

What is the easiest science project?

All of the experiments on this list are pretty easy to try. The chromatography experiment is probably the one that has the most common equipment and is pretty hard to mess up. The fireworks alternative is also an easy experiment that looks great.

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Sandy is an experienced STEM educator, having spent a decade teaching Physics. She also loves to volunteer at local STEM fairs to show kids, especially girls, how awesome it is. She is so passionate about science that one science degree wasn’t enough and she decided to complete a second part-time, while working.

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Science Experiment for Kids With Raw Egg and Vinegar

Dissolve the egg's shell with a simple home science experiment.

Why Does an Egg's Shell Dissolve When Put in Vinegar?

Science experiments can be done at home with common household items as easily as they are done in school; the science concepts are the same, and kids are astounded by simple hands-on activities that nearly any parent or teacher can accomplish. Create your next science experiment for the kids with a raw egg and vinegar. The egg shell will slowly dissolve leaving behind a bouncy egg.

The materials needed for this kids' science experiment is an uncooked egg in its shell, a cleaned out jam jar or other jam of similar size, and white distilled vinegar which is also known as as acetic acid; that will be the main chemical used for the experiment. A saucepan is an optional equipment for this activity if you decide to hard boil the egg.


Place your raw egg into a saucepan with water if you want to hard boil the egg before the experiment. It is not necessary, but if your egg accidentally breaks it will be less messy if it is not hard boiled. To hard boil an egg, give it a gentle boil for about ten minutes and let the egg cool. Then pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the jar. Add the cooled egg to the jar for this experiment and be sure the egg is completely covered with the vinegar.


Observe the experiment for one week. Bubbles should appear in the vinegar, especially on the eggshell's surface. After two days, large bubbles should form all over the eggshell. You may notice some pieces of shell at the top of the liquid in the jar. If you loose liquid, you should add more vinegar during the experiment. If you remove the egg after one day, the egg shell is soft. If left for one week, the entire egg shell would be dissolved by the vinegar.


The eggshell is dissolved because vinegar is an acid and eggshells contain calcium carbonate, which is a base. When these two chemicals are combined, a chemical reaction occurs. Carbon dioxide is formed, which is why you see the bubbles. After about one day, all the carbon from the eggshell is released. If you removed the egg after sitting in vinegar for one day and then left it on the counter, the shell would become hard again because the shell would take carbon from the outside air.

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Did you know you can study cells by examining eggs? Chicken eggs are essentially one big cell making it much easier to study than the teeny tiny cells that make up our body. With this cells unit study on cells we examined raw eggs to learn about their parts. This was a great introduction into the concept of the cell, but we decided to take our study of the egg up a notch. It was time to do an egg in vinegar experiment and the always fun rubber eggs study.

Naked Egg Experiment and Cell Study

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To start off our unit study we discussed cells and how they make up all living things. Then it was time to get hands on! We decided to bring some chemistry to our biology lesson and do a simple experiment – the egg in vinegar experiment.

This science experiment has a few names: Rubber Egg Experiment, Bouncy Egg Experiment, Naked Egg Science Experiment or Egg in Vinegar Experiment. No matter what you call it, this is one of our all time favourite simple science experiments. And it pairs perfectly with an egg cell study.

With this experiment we remove the shell of a raw egg with a chemical reaction, leaving us with a naked egg. The inside of this naked egg provides an excellent opportunity to study cells.

Here is a Quick Video Showing the Process

Hands on exploration .

We kicked things off with each child taking an egg and exploring. We encouraged their curiosity as they explored the shell, how fragile the eggshell is, and what it looks like when cracked open.

Surprisingly, we were able to remove some of the shell from one of our eggs revealing the membrane! This made the kids even more excited about our experiment to create naked eggs.

Raw eggs with a small part of the shell removed to show membrane

To remove the shell of a raw egg we need to do a little chemistry experiment. For this you will need:

  • Eggs (regular eggs are perfect)
  • White Vinegar
  • Mason Jars (other wide mouth jars or plastic cups work too)
  • Food Colouring
  • Large plates or bowls

Extra items you may want available for further investigations:

  • Magnifying glass
  • Kitchen scale
  • Fabric tape measure
  • Towels or protective covering for the area while exploring with the naked eggs

Start by testing to make sure your eggs will easily fit into (and out once enlarged) easily. I recommend using wide mouth mason jars for at least one of the eggs so kids can really see the reaction. But if you want to do lots of eggs you can do them in large plastic cups or even do big batches in large bowls.

I recommend doing extra eggs. Some may not survive the experiment and even once the shells are removed the membranes are still quite thin and easy to break. Having lots of naked eggs will provide kids with plenty of opportunity to explore and learn with the resulting bouncy, rubbery eggs. 

Set the egg carefully in the container, pour vinegar over the egg until it is submersed. The egg may float, this is OK. Add a little food coloring to the vinegar. Now let it sit for 24 hours.

Bubbles form immediately on the shell as the chemical reaction begins. These carbon dioxide bubbles are formed by the vinegar reacting to the calcium in the egg shell.

egg in vinegar showing bubbles of CO2

After about 24 hours you will end up with foam on top of your vinegar and the remaining liquid is mostly water. You will end up with a foam on top and eventually you will have only liquid water left.

Egg in blue vinegar chemical reaction to remove shell of raw egg showing foam build up on top

After 24 hours drain off the liquid and replace with fresh vinegar. You can also add more food colouring if you wish. It is very important to replace the vinegar to ensure there is enough acid for the chemical reaction to finish.

Tip – Getting Vibrant Colours

To get really vibrant colours in your Bouncy Eggs, add a few drops of gel food colouring to the initial vinegar soak. Gel colouring is much more intense in colouration. Then let it soak for 24 hours.

We then soaked our eggs in plain vinegar for the second soak. And our eggs came out very saturated in colour.

Naked Rubber Egg in Vinegar Experiment

What is the Chemical Reaction When You Place an Egg in Vinegar? 

Here is the chemical reaction:

CaCO 3 + 2 HC 2 H 3 O 2   →  Ca(C 2 H 3 O 2 )2 + H 2 O + CO 2

To break this down you have:

Egg Shell (Calcium Carbonate) + Vinegar (acetic acid) → Foam Floaties + Liquid Water + Carbon Dioxide Gas Bubbles

The result – naked eggs.

After another 24 hours (2 days in total) your naked eggs should be ready! Carefully drain off the liquid and rinse your eggs under a gentle stream of water.

The membrane of the egg is still quite thin and fragile. So handle with care and do it in a place that is easy to clean!

A naked egg in mid-splat

Studying Naked Eggs

Start by letting the kids handle the eggs. their curiosity should lead them to lots of neat discoveries. Some questions you can ask are:

  • What do you notice about the eggs?
  • How do the eggs from the vinegar experiment feel compared to eggs still with their shells?
  • Can you see anything moving inside? Try holding it up to a light or flashlight.
  • How does the size of the naked eggs compare with eggs that have not been through the chemical reaction?

Bouncy rubber egg in vinegar experiment

Why does the egg feel rubbery after being in vinegar?

Egg shell is basic and vinegar is an acid. When you place an egg in vinegar it reacts causing the shell to dissolve leaving only the rubbery membrane holding the egg together. If you are lucky enough to get some of the shell off a normal raw egg, you can see the membrane.

Bouncing Eggs

My kids had a great time bouncing eggs in a large bin. As long as you don’t add too much force, you can bounce a raw egg. So cool!

What can you see inside naked eggs?

Hold the eggs up to a flashlight or bright light and move the egg around or gently squeeze it. You should be able to see the yolk and other parts inside the egg floating around.

Why does the egg get bigger in Vinegar?

Did you notice the eggs are larger than before you placed them in the vinegar? This is why we recommend using a wide mouth jar. Otherwise your naked egg could get stuck in the jar! But why does this happen? It’s because of a process called osmosis. Through osmosis some of the liquid (water) moves through the semi-permeable membrane into the egg. It does this until it reaches an equilibrium between the amount of water inside the egg membrane and the surrounding liquid. If it didn’t stop at equilibrium the egg would get so large it would eventually pop! Since there is no hard shell to keep the egg small, it expands and grows.

Learn more about Osmosis with our Rainbow Water Beads Experiment or Gummy Bear Experiment .

Getting Inside – Studying Cells with Eggs

I recommend working over a large bowl or plate as kids explore the eggs. Undoubtedly, some will break. This isn’t the end of the world though, it just means it is time for some new lessons on cells.

If you don’t have any broken eggs take a knife or tooth pick and gently poke the egg to rupture the membrane.

The food dye travels through the membrane into the egg white (this is part of the osmosis process we discussed that also caused the egg to grow), but a special membrane around the yolk stops the dye from traveling into the yolk. This is a great visual for permeability and osmosis.

Naked Egg Cell Unit Study - Learn about cells and eggs in this cool experiment involving permeability, cell structures, chemistry and more.

But closer inspection shows that some very special parts of our egg have taken in quite a lot of the dye. The chalaza, stringy bits on either side of the yolk that help to hold it in place, and the blastodisc, a circle in the middle of the yolk, this is where the sperm enters to fertilize the egg and is the nucleus of the egg (just like a cell!).

Dying the egg makes it much easier to see all these parts of the egg compared to when we just cracked open a raw egg. Now kids can see the cells and structures more clearly.

Digging Deeper Science Activities

This is such a fun experiment, why not take it further with some scientific investigative studies? Answer questions like:

What happens if you let the eggs soak in vinegar for a week instead of only 2 days? Compare the differences.

What happens if you boil the egg before placing it in vinegar?

What can you change in your experiment to make the resulting egg more bouncy and less prone to breaking?

Compare before and after. Take measurements, weights and work out how much the eggs changed during the experiment.

What happens if you take a naked egg and place it in corn syrup? (Tip! The result has to do with the process of osmosis).

Explore osmosis further… What happens if you soak a naked egg in water?

Don’t have time to do all of these experiments? Use your critical thinking skills and lessons learned from this experiment to predict what you think will happen. Create your hypothesis then do some research to see the answer when you have time, either by experimenting yourself or reading about experiments done by others.

Rubber Eggs with a Halloween Twist – Monster Eyes!

Looking for a fun twist on this activity for Halloween? Why not make a bowl of Monster Eyes ! The kids LOVED this Halloween Egg in Vinegar project.

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Looking for even more exciting egg science and STEM activities? Why not try:

Creating an Egg Crystal Geode (so gorgeous!)

An Oobleck Egg Drop Challenge

Or check out all of our Egg Science Projects for even more inspiration!

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Naked Egg – Egg in Vinegar Science Experiment

Learn how to make a rubber egg with this classic chemistry experiment.

  • 2 cups Vinegar
  • 10 drops Food Colouring


Carefully place the egg in the jar using the spoon. Cover the egg with vinegar (about 1 cup, just enough to cover it).

Add 4 or 5 drops of food colouring.

Let sit for 24 hours.

After 24 hours, carefully drain off the liquid.

Cover with fresh vinegar (add a bit more food colouring if you wish).

Let sit for another 24 hours.

Remove from vinegar solution and rinse gently with water.

Play and explore your rubbery, squishy, bouncy, naked eggs!

Bubbles will form while the egg is soaking in the vinegar. This is the chemical reaction taking place that removes the shell of the egg, leaving just the membrane. Encourage your kids to explore their naked, rubber eggs as they learn about chemical reactions and osmosis. Examine the eggs with magnifying glass or flashlight. Try bouncing the eggs on a tray (be prepared, some may break!). Break open the eggs to learn about the parts of cells. Dig deeper by measuring the chemical reaction and exploring how osmosis works. Most of all, have fun with your rubber eggs! Learn more about the chemistry and extension activities in the article. 

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Egg In Vinegar Experiment | Science Experiments With Eggs

The egg in vinegar experiment, also known as the naked egg experiment, rubber egg experiment, or bouncy egg activity. This is a fun science experiment demonstrating the concepts of chemical reactions, osmosis, and semi-permeable membranes.

The bouncy egg experiment is perfect for kids who love interactive science and kitchen experiments. It’s simple, easy to do, and requires inexpensive, readily available materials.

This STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activity encourages kids to practice their observation skills, record their observations in a science journal or notebook, and learn about the underlying science concepts.

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Can a Raw Egg Grow Science Experiment

This is a surprisingly fun experiment. In this project, not only can you make a raw egg grow, but you can also hold it in your bare hand like a hard-boiled egg when it's still raw.

You can also drop it on the table and it bounces.

It sounds amazing, doesn't it? Let's get started on this exciting experiment!

Caution: After handling raw eggs, always wash your hands well with soap and water. Some raw eggs may contain Salmonella germ. Illness from Salmonella can be serious and life-threatening.

  • a deep bowl
  • white vinegar
  • adult supervision


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  • Put the raw egg in the deep bowl.
  • Fill the bowl with white vinegar until the entire egg is submerged (or floating).
  • Leave the bowl at a place where it won't be disturbed for a few days.
  • Observe carefully everyday what happens to the egg. You should see the eggshell dissolve over the next few days.
  • After the eggshell is gone, leave the egg there for two more days.
  • After a week, you should see a soft and semi-transparent egg that is bigger in size than before.
  • Take the egg out, rinse it under tap water and play with it.
  • Try to bounce it off the ground and see how high you can drop it from without breaking it. (Start low!)

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In this simple experiment, we first see an acid-base reaction . Eggshells contain calcium carbonate as the base , while fresh vinegar contains acetic acid .

When an egg is submerged in vinegar, the acetic acid reacts with the calcium carbonate in the eggshell, leading to a classic acid-base chemical reaction.

This reaction results in the formation of calcium acetate and carbon dioxide gas.

The calcium acetate stays dissolved in the vinegar, while the carbon dioxide forms bubbles around the egg as the eggshell dissolves.

The bubbles of carbon dioxide contribute to the brown scum or frothy layer on the surface of the vinegar as the reaction progresses.

As the calcium carbonate in the eggshell breaks down, the inner semi-permeable membrane of the egg becomes more visible. This membrane is made up of soft, rubbery, and fragile materials that contribute to the bouncy nature of the egg after the experiment.

The egg membrane acts as a selective barrier, allowing the flow of water molecules and other small molecules across it while restricting the passage of larger molecules and ions.

This membrane allows the vinegar on the outside to move through, or permeate, to the inside through osmosis.

Osmosis is the movement of water molecules from an area of higher concentration to a lower concentration through a semi-permeable membrane.

In the context of the egg in a vinegar science experiment, osmosis occurs when the vinegar, which has a higher concentration of water molecules than the contents of the egg, moves through the semi-permeable egg membrane into the egg.

The water flow causes the egg to increase in size as the water concentration levels inside and outside the egg gradually equalize.

Raw egg growing in 4 different stages. Using vinegar, you can make a raw egg grow bigger, hold it in your bare hand and bounce it up and down. It's amazing!

Besides the egg in vinegar experiment, numerous fun science activities involved similar principles and concepts.

For example, the egg in corn syrup experiment is another fascinating activity demonstrating osmosis in action.

In this simple science experiment, an egg with its shell already dissolved (similar to the one obtained in the vinegar experiment) is placed in a container containing corn syrup, a highly concentrated sugar solution.

Osmosis occurs when water flows out of the egg into the syrup. This resulted in the shrinking of the egg.

A flashlight or a UV flashlight (blacklight flashlight) can also be used in conjunction with the egg in vinegar experiment to create an intriguing visual science experiment.

After the eggshell has dissolved and the egg has become translucent. Shining a flashlight through the egg highlights the structure and contents of the egg, revealing the yolk suspended within the membrane.

The egg in vinegar experiment is an engaging and interactive science activity that provides a simple and effective way to introduce children to scientific principles such as chemical reactions, osmosis, and semi-permeable membranes.

By performing this experiment and similar activities, kids can develop their observation and analytical skills, understand the relevance of everyday materials in scientific experimentation, and foster a lifelong interest in science and learning.

Egg in hand, Raw egg before and after growing. Can a Raw Egg Grow experiment.

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Q & A: Eggshells in Vinegar – What happened? Department of Physics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Surprise your friends and family with an easy science experiment that answers an otherwise tricky question. Two eggs look and feel the same but there is a big difference, one is raw and the other hard boiled, find out which is which with this fun experiment.




The raw egg's centre of gravity changes as the white and yolk move around inside the shell, causing the wobbling motion. Even after you touch the shell it continues moving. This is because of inertia, the same type of force you feel when you change direction or stop suddenly in a car, your body wants to move one way while the car wants to do something different. Inertia causes the raw egg to spin even after you have stopped it, this contrasts with the solid white and yolk of the hard boiled egg, it responds much quicker if you touch it.

This is a good experiment to test a friend or someone in your family with, see if they can figure out how to tell the difference between the eggs (without smashing them of course) before showing them your nifty trick.


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Grow Seeds In Eggshells

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Salt Water Density Experiment

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A Cartesian diver

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Chemistry and electricity

Create coloured writing from acids, alkali, and salt solution, all activated through electrolysis.

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Disappearing ink

Explore the reaction between acids and bases as students create disappearing ink, in this favourite classroom practical.


Electricity from chemicals

Use various metals, in pairs, and n electrolyte to form a cell. Then observe the formation of ions around the reactive metal, and compare the speed with which they form around the less reactive metal. Includes kit list and safety instructions. 

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Experiments with particles

Explore physical states, and how material interact with three practicals. Students use common classroom items to explore, and then note their findings. Includes kit list and safety instructions. 

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Identifying the products of combustion

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Illustrate the presence of water and carbon dioxide in the products of hydrocarbon combustion in this demonstration. Includes kit list and safety instructions.


Particles in motion?

Explore the movement of gas particles in this practical but reacting calcium carbonate with hydrochloric acid. Includes kit list and safety instructions. 


Producing a foam

Explore foams and their properties in this experiment, so students learn how foam is produced and produce their own. Includes kit list and safety instructions.

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Properties of the transition metals and their compounds

Student discover the diversity of transition metals in this practical that puts their knowledge of these common elements to the test. Includes kit list and safety instructions.

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Rubber band experiment

A rubber band, a hairdryer, and a curious mind will see students discover the principles of heat based reactions. Includes kit list and safety instruction.

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Testing salts for anions and cations

A full range of chemicals will guide students into discovering how to identify the composition of unknown substances. Includes kit list and safry instructions. 

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The effect of concentration and temperature on reaction rate

Reaction rate can be altered by many things, in this practical students explore how temperature and concentration effect reaction in an closer look at kinetics. Includes kit list and safety instructions. 

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The effect of temperature on reaction rate

Discover more about collision theory in this practical, where a sodium thiosulfate and hydrochloric acid mixture produce an interesting reaction. Includes kit list and safety instructions. 


The effect of temperature on solubility

Hot or cold, which water is better for soluble substances? Explore your finding from this practical into the effect of temperature on solubility. Includes kit list and safety instructions. 

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The electrolysis of solutions

Electricity is passed through various solutions and the products are identified. Includes kit list and safety instructions

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The preparation and properties of oxygen

Produce a potassium manganate(VII) reaction using a test tube, Bunsen burner, and scientific inquisition to detect the presence of oxygen. Includes kit list and safety instructions.

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The reactivity of the group 2 metals

Compare group 1 and group 2 metals with this practical that shows their reactivity rates, where students can take control of their own observations and come to their own conclusions

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The volume of 1 mole of hydrogen gas

Understand the volume of one mole of hydrogen gas through a magnesium and acid reaction, taking note of the temperature and pressure. Includes kit list and safety instructions. 

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Chemistry experiments are a great way to get kids excited about studying chemistry even at a young age. I mean, what child doesn’t think about creating bubbling potions or sending secret messages?

The study of chemistry has a scary connotation for many people. Chemistry has this stigma of being only for really, really smart students who want a career in the sciences. The truth is that, like all science, chemistry is everywhere.

In fact, chemistry experiments for kids can be bubbly and full of fungi! Check out the video below of our Making Peeps Blow Up a Balloon chemistry activity.

It is in the way water freezes into ice . It is in the way apples turn brown when you leave their flesh exposed to the air. Chemistry is in the way sugar dissolves in water .

How does chemistry apply to our bodies? Check out our version of the egg with vinegar experiment . We added a little twist that makes an excellent connection between chemistry and our dental health. We have a 25+ page printable pack to go with it for just $2.95 .

Showing how chemistry is involved in everyday life can take that scary factor out of studying chemistry for students. When it comes time to study chemistry, they will be more excited about jumping in.

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Chemistry Experiments For All Ages

I wanted to create a resource for you to be able to find the perfect chemistry experiments for your students no matter their age or interests. This post contains 100 chemistry experiments for students from preschool age through high school. I have divided them into 3 age ranges.

  • Preschool and Primary
  • Middle and High School

Here are a few disclaimers to my divisions of the experiments.

I realize that all students are different and are ready for different levels of experiments. For instance, some students in the elementary age group might be ready for more advanced experiments found in the Middle and High School section, while others need something more basic like those experiments found in the Preschool and Primary section.

Some may question why I put certain experiments in certain sections. First, I looked at the level of maturity I felt needed to conduct the experiment and if parental help was necessary. Next, I looked at the level of understanding the child would need to learn from the experiment.

Some experiments could teach something at different levels or could be done with parental help or independently and still be successful. When this was the case, I put the experiment in the lowest recommended age level.

With all that being said, these are just guidelines. Feel free to try experiments in sections that differ from your students’ age range if you think they would work.

For chemistry experiments, lesson ideas, and resources, check out my Homeschool Chemistry Pinterest board.

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 Preschool Science Experiments

Color Changing Flowers – includes free printable

The ever-popular Skittles experiment with a twist and free printable lesson

Make butter! This comes with a free printable lesson that covers a wide range of ages. This is a preschool favorite!

Glow Stick Experiment – this one is especially easy for preschoolers – includes their own little observation sheet and coloring pages

Making Fizzy Moon Rocks (and learning about Moon rocks)

Puffy Paint turned Slime activity (This is also good for older students who are studying polymers.)

Pumpkin Candy Experiment

Dissovling Candy Corn – In this pumpkin and candy-themed printable , your little scientist will enjoying dissolving candy corn (or any candy for that matter) and recording what they observed. Includes three science activities, preschool/kindergarten math resources, and coloring and puzzle pages.

Make Crystal Snowflakes with Borax

Experiment with Yeast and Sugar – Making Peeps Blow Up a Balloon – Includes a free printable pack. Peeps make for interesting chemistry experiments. Whether you use the Peep snowmen or Peep chicks, you can make them blow up a balloon! Includes a free printable pack.

Make Crystals with Borax – This works every time and is exciting to watch throughout a 24-hour period. Obviously, adult supervision is needed when using the Borax, but your littlest scientists can twist their chenille sticks and make their own crazy creations! Plus, stirring the Borax and water will make them feel like real chemists! The activity can be adapted to make snowflake shapes in winter, hearts for Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day. Flowers for spring or summer.

Baking Soda Fizz Experiment

Another Baking Soda Fizz Experiment

Diet Coke and Mentos Explosion

Dripping Slime Experiment

Lava Lamp Experiment

Rainbow Walking Water

Ice Cream in a Bag

Primary Science Experiments

Make a “Stained Glass” window

6 Experiments with Oranges

Make butter! This comes with a free printable lesson that covers a wide range of ages. This is a family favorite!

Glow Stick Experiment – learn about chemiluminescence, chemical reactions, and kinetic energy. 

Dissolving candy experiment with printables


A fun TWIST on the egg with vinegar experiment. This activity helps children see the chemical reactions that go on in our mouth! Free printable.

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Do Some Soil Testing – This is important life skills information too!

Color Changing Flowers – learn about capillary action in plants

Make Your Own Snowflakes

Polishing Pennies Experiment

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Vitamin C And Apple Experiment

Homemade Butter Experiment

Secret Messages Science Experiment 

120 Kitchen Chemistry & Culinary Science Resources – This is a very comprehensive list. If you want to also get some ideas for teaching your children about chemistry while cooking, this is a good place to look too!

Make Plastic From Milk

Fun Bubbles Experiment

Solubility Experiment

Bending Candy Canes

Experimenting With Viscosity And Sensory Bottles

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Sudsy Bubble Experiment

Taffy Slime Chemistry

Dissolving Egg Shell Experiment

Make Ice Grow

Skittles Rainbow Science Experiment

Chromatography Butterflies

Erupting Lemon Volcano Chemistry

Make A Lava Lamp

Rock Candy Experiment

Make Heat Changing Color Sensitive Slime

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Elementary School Science Experiments

Glow Stick Experiment – learn about chemiluminescence, chemical reactions, and kinetic energy.  The printable is definitely geared towards elementary and middle school

Easy Science Experiments with Oranges – The Homeschool Scientist

Making Fizzy Moon Craters turned out to be a fun chemistry study and a lesson in realy Moon rocks!

Testing for vitamin C with iodine. We used a pumpkin, cranberries, oj, lemons, and more! It’s a lot of fun!

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Oxidation And Reduction Experiment

Make a “Stained Glass” window – a lesson about states of matter and crystallization

Make butter

Skittles experiment with worksheets – learn bout diffusion and polarity experiment using Skittles

Making Peeps Candies Blow Up A Balloon – lesson with printable sheets

Add the dental health printable pack we have to go with the egg in vinegar chemistry activity for $2.95

Why do leaves change color in the fall? Experiemnt and worksheets

Make A Polymer Ball

Enzyme Experiment

Red Cabbage Litmus Experiment

Harry Potter Potions Experiment

Peeps Science Experiment

Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda Experiment

Charcoal Water Purifying Experiment

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Kitchen Chemistry: Cake Experiment

Polymer Science: Homemade Fruit Gummies

Food Chemistry: Turn Juice Into A Solid

Endothermic Chemical Reactions

Egg Float Science Experiment

Eggshell Geodes Science Experiment

Density Experiment

Forensic Chemistry Experiment

Kitchen Chemistry Experiments

Mentos and Soda Eruption

Make Invisible Ink

Make Quicksand with Engineering Emily and her children

Glow Stick Reactions

Using Lemons To Make Batteries

Make A Potato Battery

Diaper Chemistry

Candle Chemical Reaction

Melting Ice With Salt

Viscosity Experiment

Melting Ice Experiment

Ice Experiments


Non-Newtonian Fluids

Explore An Unknown Material

Poke but Don’t Soak – a material science activity  from the American Chemistry Society

The Science Of Jello

Kitchen Chemistry – 2 projects

Make Curds And Whey

Making Hot Ice

The Science Behind Edible Glass


Grow A Crystal Garden

Sugary Drinks And Teeth

Big Hero 6 Chemistry Concoctions 

Compare The Electrolytes In Sports Drinks

Measure Glucose In Your Food

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Charged Atoms Experiment

Gummy Bears Osmosis Experiment

Milk Polarity Experiment 

Simple Digestion Experiment

Disappearing Color Experiment

Middle and High School Science Experiments

Parents of middle and high school students .

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What Happens to the pH and temperature of a solvent when you add candy corn??

Testing for Vitamin C with Iodine (We used a pumpkin, cranberries, oj, lemons, and more! It’s a lot of fun!)

Diffusion and polarity experiment using Skittles (with free worksheet packet)

Peeps Science: Change In Mass Experiment 

Peeps Science Experiment: Blowing Up a Balloon with Peeps

Chemical Reaction Experiment

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Oxygen And Fire Experiment

Make Poinsettia pH Paper

Make Elephant Toothpaste

Make A Rainbow Of Colored Flames

Make Green Fire Pinecones

Copper Plating Ornaments

Make Colored Fire

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Make A Black Fire Snake

Three Station Gas Lab

Solubility Of Gases In Water

Salt Formation From Chemical Reactions

Make A Silver Egg

Water Content Lab

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Water Quality Experiment

Make A Balloon Egg

Separating Sand And Salt

Rate Of Evaporation

Create A Compound Of Two Elements

Melting And Freezing Experiment

Soft Water Experiment

Make Homemade Root Beer

Desalinization Experiment

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68 Best Chemistry Experiments: Learn About Chemical Reactions

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Whether you’re a student eager to explore the wonders of chemical reactions or a teacher seeking to inspire and engage your students, we’ve compiled a curated list of the top 68 chemistry experiments so you can learn about chemical reactions.

While the theories and laws governing chemistry can sometimes feel abstract, experiments bridge the gap between these concepts and their tangible manifestations. These experiments provide hands-on experiences illuminating the intricacies of chemical reactions, molecular structures, and elemental properties.

1. Covalent Bonds

Covalent Bonds

By engaging in activities that demonstrate the formation and properties of covalent bonds, students can grasp the significance of these bonds in holding atoms together and shaping the world around us.

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2. Sulfuric Acid and Sugar Demonstration

Through this experiment, students can develop a deeper understanding of chemical properties, appreciate the power of chemical reactions, and ignite their passion for scientific exploration.

3. Make Hot Ice at Home

Making hot ice at home is a fascinating chemistry experiment that allows students to witness the captivating transformation of a liquid into a solid with a surprising twist.

4. Make a Bouncing Polymer Ball

Make a Bouncing Polymer Ball

This hands-on activity not only allows students to explore the fascinating properties of polymers but also encourages experimentation and creativity.

Learn more: Thought Co

5. Diffusion Watercolor Art

Diffusion Watercolor Art

This experiment offers a wonderful opportunity for students to explore the properties of pigments, observe how they interact with water, and discover the mesmerizing patterns and textures that emerge.

Learn more: Diffusion Watercolor Art

6. Exploding Baggie

Exploding Baggie

The exploding baggie experiment is a captivating and dynamic demonstration that students should engage in with caution and under the supervision of a qualified instructor.

Learn more: Exploding Baggie

7. Color Changing Chemistry Clock

Color Changing Chemistry Clock

This experiment not only engages students in the world of chemical kinetics but also introduces them to the concept of a chemical clock, where the color change acts as a timekeeping mechanism.

Learn more: Color Changing Chemistry Clock

8. Pipe Cleaner Crystal Trees

Pipe Cleaner Crystal Trees

By adjusting the concentration of the Borax solution or experimenting with different pipe cleaner arrangements, students can customize their crystal trees and observe how it affects the growth patterns.

Learn more: Pipe Cleaner Crystal Trees

9. How To Make Ice Sculptures

How To Make Ice Sculptures

Through this experiment, students gain a deeper understanding of the physical and chemical changes that occur when water freezes and melts.

Learn more: Ice Sculpture

10. How to Make Paper

How to Make Paper

Through this hands-on activity, students gain a deeper understanding of the properties of cellulose fibers and the transformative power of chemical reactions.

Learn more: How to Make Paper

11. Color Changing Chemistry

Color changing chemistry is an enchanting experiment that offers a captivating blend of science and art. Students should embark on this colorful journey to witness the mesmerizing transformations of chemicals and explore the principles of chemical reactions.

12. Gassy Banana

The gassy banana experiment is a fun and interactive way for students to explore the principles of chemical reactions and gas production.

Learn more: Gassy Banana

13. Gingerbread Man Chemistry Experiment

Gingerbread Man Chemistry Experiment

This hands-on activity not only introduces students to the concepts of chemical leavening and heat-induced reactions but also allows for creativity in decorating and personalizing their gingerbread creations.

Learn more: Gingerbread Man Chemistry Experiment

14. Make Amortentia Potion

How To Make Amortentia Potion

While the love potion is fictional, this activity offers a chance to explore the art of potion-making and the chemistry behind it.

Learn more: How to Make Amortentia Potion

15. Strawberry DNA Extraction

This hands-on experiment offers a unique opportunity to observe DNA, the building blocks of life, up close and learn about its structure and properties.

16. Melting Snowman

Melting Snowman

The melting snowman experiment is a fun and whimsical activity that allows students to explore the principles of heat transfer and phase changes.

Learn more: Melting Snowman

17. Acid Base Cabbage Juice

Acid Base Cabbage Juice

The acid-base cabbage juice experiment is an engaging and colorful activity that allows students to explore the pH scale and the properties of acids and bases.

By extracting the purple pigment from red cabbage leaves and creating cabbage juice, students can use this natural indicator to identify and differentiate between acidic and basic substances.

Learn more: Acid Base Cabbage Juice

18. Magic Milk

Magic Milk

The magic milk experiment is a mesmerizing and educational activity that allows students to explore the concepts of surface tension and chemical reactions.

By adding drops of different food colors to a dish of milk and then introducing a small amount of dish soap, students can witness a captivating display of swirling colors and patterns.

Learn more: Magic Milk

19. Melting Ice with Salt and Water

Melting Ice with Salt and Water

Through this hands-on activity, students can gain a deeper understanding of the science behind de-icing and how different substances can influence the physical properties of water.

Learn more: Melting Ice with Salt and Water

20. Barking Dog Chemistry Demonstration

Barking Dog Chemistry Demonstration

The barking dog chemistry demonstration is an exciting and visually captivating experiment that showcases the principles of combustion and gas production.

21. How to Make Egg Geodes

How to Make Egg Geodes

Making egg geodes is a fascinating and creative chemistry experiment that students should try. By using common materials like eggshells, salt, and food coloring, students can create their own beautiful geode-like crystals.

Learn more: How to Make Egg Geodes

22. Make Sherbet

Make Sherbet

This experiment not only engages the taste buds but also introduces concepts of acidity, solubility, and the chemical reactions that occur when the sherbet comes into contact with moisture.

Learn more: Make Sherbet

23. Hatch a Baking Soda Dinosaur Egg

Hatch a Baking Soda Dinosaur Egg

As the baking soda dries and hardens around the toy, it forms a “shell” resembling a dinosaur egg. To hatch the egg, students can pour vinegar onto the shell, causing a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide gas.

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24. Chromatography Flowers

Chromatography Flowers

By analyzing the resulting patterns, students can gain insights into the different pigments present in flowers and the science behind their colors.

Learn more: Chromatography Flowers

25. Turn Juice Into Solid

Turn Juice Into Solid

Turning juice into a solid through gelification is an engaging and educational chemistry experiment that students should try. By exploring the transformation of a liquid into a solid, students can gain insights of chemical reactions and molecular interactions.

Learn more: Turn Juice into Solid

26. Bouncy Balls

Making bouncy balls allows students to explore the fascinating properties of polymers, such as their ability to stretch and rebound.

 27. Make a Lemon Battery

Creating a lemon battery is a captivating and hands-on experiment that allows students to explore the fundamentals of electricity and chemical reactions.

28. Mentos and Soda Project

The Mentos and soda project is a thrilling and explosive experiment that students should try. By dropping Mentos candies into a bottle of carbonated soda, an exciting eruption occurs.

29. Alkali Metal in Water

The reaction of alkali metals with water is a fascinating and visually captivating chemistry demonstration.

30. Rainbow Flame

The rainbow flame experiment is a captivating and visually stunning chemistry demonstration that students should explore.

31. Sugar Yeast Experiment

This experiment not only introduces students to the concept of fermentation but also allows them to witness the effects of a living organism, yeast, on the sugar substrate.

32. The Thermite Reaction

The thermite reaction is a highly energetic and visually striking chemical reaction that students can explore with caution and under proper supervision.

This experiment showcases the principles of exothermic reactions, oxidation-reduction, and the high temperatures that can be achieved through chemical reactions.

33. Polishing Pennies

Polishing pennies is a simple and enjoyable chemistry experiment that allows students to explore the concepts of oxidation and cleaning methods.

34. Elephant Toothpaste

The elephant toothpaste experiment is a thrilling and visually captivating chemistry demonstration that students should try with caution and under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor.

35. Magic Potion

Creating a magic potion is an exciting and imaginative activity that allows students to explore their creativity while learning about the principles of chemistry.

36. Color Changing Acid-Base Experiment

Color Changing Acid-Base Experiment

Through the color changing acid-base experiment, students can gain a deeper understanding of chemical reactions and the role of pH in our daily lives.

Learn more: Color Changing Acid-Base Experiment

37. Fill up a Balloon

Filling up a balloon is a simple and enjoyable physics experiment that demonstrates the properties of air pressure. By blowing air into a balloon, you can observe how the balloon expands and becomes inflated.

38. Jello and Vinegar

Jello and Vinegar

The combination of Jello and vinegar is a fascinating and tasty chemistry experiment that demonstrates the effects of acid on a gelatin-based substance.

Learn more: Jello and Vinegar

39. Vinegar and Steel Wool Reaction

Vinegar and Steel Wool Reaction

This experiment not only provides a visual demonstration of the oxidation process but also introduces students to the concept of corrosion and the role of acids in accelerating the process.

Learn more: Vinegar and Steel Wool Reaction

40. Dancing Rice

Dancing Rice

The dancing rice experiment is a captivating and educational demonstration that showcases the principles of density and buoyancy.

By pouring a small amount of uncooked rice into a clear container filled with water, students can witness the rice grains moving and “dancing” in the water.

Learn more: Dancing Rice

41. Soil Testing Garden Science

Soil Testing Garden Science

Soil testing is a valuable and informative experiment that allows students to assess the composition and properties of soil.

By collecting soil samples from different locations and analyzing them, students can gain insights into the nutrient content, pH level, and texture of the soil.

Learn more: Soil Testing Garden Science

42. Heat Sensitive Color Changing Slime

Heat Sensitive Color Changing Slime

Creating heat-sensitive color-changing slime is a captivating and playful chemistry experiment that students should try.

Learn more: Left Brain Craft Brain

43. Experimenting with Viscosity

Experimenting with Viscosity

Experimenting with viscosity is an engaging and hands-on activity that allows students to explore the flow properties of liquids.

Viscosity refers to a liquid’s resistance to flow, and this experiment enables students to investigate how different factors affect viscosity.

Learn more: Experimenting with Viscosity

44. Rock Candy Science

Rock Candy Science

Rock candy science is a delightful and educational chemistry experiment that students should try. By growing their own rock candy crystals, students can learn about crystal formation and explore the principles of solubility and saturation.

Learn more: Rock Candy Science

45. Baking Soda vs Baking Powder

Baking Soda vs Baking Powder

Baking soda and baking powder have distinct properties that influence the leavening process in different ways.

This hands-on experiment provides a practical understanding of how these ingredients interact with acids and moisture to create carbon dioxide gas.

46. Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions Experiment

Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions Experiment

The endothermic and exothermic reactions experiment is an exciting and informative chemistry exploration that students should try.

By observing and comparing the heat changes in different reactions, students can gain a deeper understanding of energy transfer and the concepts of endothermic and exothermic processes.

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47. Diaper Chemistry

Diaper Chemistry

By dissecting a diaper and examining its components, students can uncover the chemical processes that make diapers so effective at absorbing and retaining liquids.

Learn more: Diaper Chemistry

48. Candle Chemical Reaction

The “Flame out” experiment is an intriguing and educational chemistry demonstration that students should try. By exploring the effects of a chemical reaction on a burning candle, students can witness the captivating moment when the flame is extinguished.

49. Make Curds and Whey

Make Curds and Whey

This experiment not only introduces students to the concept of acid-base reactions but also offers an opportunity to explore the science behind cheese-making.

Learn more: Tinkerlab

50. Grow Crystals Overnight

Grow Crystals Overnight

By creating a supersaturated solution using substances like epsom salt, sugar, or borax, students can observe the fascinating process of crystal growth. This experiment allows students to explore the principles of solubility, saturation, and nucleation.

Learn more: Grow Crystals Overnight

51. Measure Electrolytes in Sports Drinks

The “Measure Electrolytes in Sports Drinks” experiment is an informative and practical chemistry activity that students should try.

By using simple tools like a multimeter or conductivity probe, students can measure the electrical conductivity of different sports drinks to determine their electrolyte content.

52. Oxygen and Fire Experiment

The oxygen and fire experiment is a captivating and educational chemistry demonstration that students should try. By observing the effects of oxygen on a controlled fire, students can witness the essential role of oxygen in supporting combustion.

53. Electrolysis Of Water

Electrolysis Of Water

The electrolysis of water experiment is a captivating and educational chemistry demonstration that students should try.

Learn more: Electrolysis Of Water

54. Expanding Ivory Soap

Expanding Ivory Soap

The expanding Ivory Soap experiment is a fun and interactive chemistry activity that students should try. By placing a bar of Ivory soap in a microwave, students can witness the remarkable expansion of the soap as it heats up.

Learn more: Little Bins Little Hands

55. Glowing Fireworks

Glowing Fireworks

This experiment not only introduces students to the principles of pyrotechnics and combustion but also encourages observation, critical thinking, and an appreciation for the physics and chemistry behind.

Learn more: Glowing Fireworks

56. Colorful Polymer Chemistry

Colorful Polymer Chemistry

Colorful polymer chemistry is an exciting and vibrant experiment that students should try to explore polymers and colorants.

By combining different types of polymers with various colorants, such as food coloring or pigments, students can create a kaleidoscope of colors in their polymer creations.

Learn more: Colorful Polymer Chemistry

57. Sulfur Hexafluoride- Deep Voice Gas

This experiment provides a firsthand experience of how the density and composition of gases can influence sound transmission.

It encourages scientific curiosity, observation, and a sense of wonder as students witness the surprising transformation of their voices.

58. Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Liquid nitrogen ice cream is a thrilling and delicious chemistry experiment that students should try. By combining cream, sugar, and flavorings with liquid nitrogen, students can create ice cream with a unique and creamy texture.

59. White Smoke Chemistry Demonstration

White Smoke Chemistry Demonstration

The White Smoke Chemistry Demonstration provides an engaging and visually captivating experience for students to explore chemical reactions and gases. By combining hydrochloric acid and ammonia solutions, students can witness the mesmerizing formation of white smoke.

60. Nitrogen Triiodide Chemistry Demonstration

Nitrogen Triiodide Chemistry Demonstration

The nitrogen triiodide chemistry demonstration is a remarkable and attention-grabbing experiment that students should try under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor.

By reacting iodine crystals with concentrated ammonia, students can precipitate nitrogen triiodide (NI3), a highly sensitive compound.

61. Make a Plastic- Milk And Vinegar Reaction Experiment

Milk And Vinegar Reaction Experiment

Through the “Make a Plastic – Milk and Vinegar Reaction” experiment, students can gain a deeper understanding of the chemistry behind plastics, environmental sustainability, and the potential of biodegradable materials.

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62. Eno and Water Experiment

This experiment not only introduces students to acid-base reactions but also engages their senses as they witness the visible and audible effects of the reaction.

63. The Eternal Kettle Experiment

By filling a kettle with alcohol and igniting it, students can investigate the behavior of the alcohol flame and its sustainability.

64. Coke and Chlorine Bombs

Engaging in this experiment allows students to experience the wonders of chemistry firsthand, making it an ideal choice to ignite their curiosity and passion for scientific exploration.

65. Set your Hand on Fire

This experiment showcases the fascinating nature of combustion and the science behind fire.

By carefully following proper procedures and safety guidelines, students can witness firsthand how the sanitizer’s high alcohol content interacts with an open flame, resulting in a brief but captivating display of controlled combustion.

66. Instant Ice Experiments

The Instant Ice Experiment offers an engaging and captivating opportunity for students to explore the wonders of chemistry and phase changes.

By using simple household ingredients, students can witness the fascinating phenomenon of rapid ice formation in just a matter of seconds.

67. Coke Cans in Acid and Base

Engaging in this experiment allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the chemical properties of substances and the importance of safety protocols in scientific investigations.

68. Color Changing Invisible Ink

Color Changing Invisible Ink

The Color Changing Invisible Ink experiment offers an intriguing and fun opportunity for students to explore chemistry and learn about the concept of chemical reactions.

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Is the Egg Hard Boiled or Raw Science Experiment

Did you know that you can use science to determine if an egg is hard-boiled or raw without cracking the shell? It’s true! Just give the eggs a spin and observe what happens next!

In this easy science experiment, kids can make a hypothesis, observe inertia in action, and discover the science behind what makes it work.

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Bonus, this experiment also comes in handy if you can’t remember which eggs in your fridge are hard-boiled and which ones aren’t!

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iS The Egg Hard Boiled Science Experiment Instructions

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Step 1 – Prepare a bowl of 3 eggs, 2 raw eggs, and 1 hard-boiled egg. Take a moment to make some observations about the eggs. Do they look the same? Do they feel the same? Can you notice any difference in the eggs? Take a moment to write down your observations. 

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Step 2 – Carefully take one egg out of the bowl and spin it on the table. Observe what happens. Does the egg continue to spin or does it stop spinning very quickly? Write down your findings.

Helpful Tip: It is important to spin the egg on a hard flat surface.

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Step 3 – Next, repeat with the other two eggs. Observing and writing down the behavior each time. When you are finished review your observations. Did the eggs all behave the same? You probably noticed that one of the eggs behaved differently than the other two. This is the hard-boiled egg. Do you know why it behaved differently?

Find out the answer in the how does this experiment work section below.

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How Does the Science Experiment Work

While the two eggs look and feel the same, there is a big difference in what’s inside the eggs. Inside the raw egg, the egg white and egg yolk are fluid and can move around inside the shell. Inside the hard-boiled egg however, the egg white and egg yolk are solid and do not move around inside the shell.

When you spin the hard-boiled egg, everything moves together and the egg will continue in a smooth spinning motion. However, when you spin the raw egg, the fluid inside moves around and causes the egg to wobble.

When you try to stop the eggs from spinning by slightly touching them, the hard-boiled egg easily stops spinning, but the raw egg will keep turning a little bit. When you try to stop the raw egg, your touch stops the shell, but the fluid inside the egg continues to move, which causes the egg to remain spinning.

The raw egg’s resistance to stopping spinning is a great example of inertia. Inertia is the tendency of an object to resist a change in motion. The inertia of the raw egg is greater than the inertia of the hard-boiled egg. Inertia is the reason you keep moving forward when a vehicle stops suddenly.

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Enjoyed this egg-citing experiment? Then you’ll want to try your hand at these other egg science experiments.

  • Egg in a Bottle – Use a little science magic to get the egg into the bottle without touching it.
  • Floating Egg – Eggs naturally sink, but we make them float. Find out how and then give it a try.
  • Bouncy Egg – Remove the shell from a raw egg and make it bounce!

I hope you enjoyed the experiment. Here are some printable instructions:

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Hard Boiled Egg Science Experiment

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  • Prepare a bowl of 3 eggs, 2 raw eggs and 1 hard boiled egg.
  • Take one egg out of the bowl and spin it on the table. Observe what happens. Does the egg continue spin or does it stop? Helpful Tip: It is important to spin the egg on a hard flat surface.
  • Next, repeat with the other two eggs. Observing the behavior each time. One of the eggs behaved differently than the other two. This is the hard boiled egg.

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Chemistry is king when it comes to making science cool. There are many interesting and fun projects to try, but these 10 chemistry experiments might be the coolest.

Whether you want to witness color transformations with copper and nitric acid or create a foam spectacle with hydrogen peroxide and potassium iodide, there's something here to spark curiosity in everyone. There's even a famous chemical reaction that will emit blue light and a characteristic barking or woofing sound.

Copper and Nitric Acid

When you place a piece of copper in nitric acid , the Cu 2+ ions and nitrate ions coordinate to color the solution green and then brownish-green. If you dilute the solution, water displaces nitrate ions around the copper, and the solution changes to blue.

Hydrogen Peroxide with Potassium Iodide

Affectionately known as elephant toothpaste , the chemical reaction between peroxide and potassium iodide shoots out a column of foam. If you add food coloring, you can customize the "toothpaste" for holiday-colored themes.

Any Alkali Metal in Water

Any of the alkali metals will react vigorously in water . How vigorously? Sodium burns bright yellow. Potassium burns violet. Lithium burns red. Cesium explodes. Experiment by moving down the alkali metals group of the periodic table. 

Thermite Reaction

The thermite reaction essentially shows what would happen if iron rusted instantly, rather than over time. In other words, it's making metal burn. If the conditions are right, just about any metal will burn. However, the reaction usually is performed by reacting iron oxide with aluminum:

Fe 2 O 3  + 2Al → 2Fe + Al 2 O 3  + heat and light

If you want a truly stunning display, try placing the mixture inside a block of dry ice and then lighting the mixture.

Coloring Fire

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When ions are heated in a flame, electrons become excited and then drop to a lower energy state, emitting photons. The energy of the photons is characteristic of the chemical and corresponds to specific flame colors . It's the basis for the flame test in analytical chemistry , plus it's fun to experiment with different chemicals to see what colors they produce in a fire.

Make Polymer Bouncy Balls

Who doesn't enjoy playing with bouncy balls ? The chemical reaction used to make the balls makes a terrific experiment because you can alter the properties of the balls by changing the ratio of the ingredients.

Make a Lichtenberg Figure

A Lichtenberg figure or "electrical tree" is a record of the path taken by electrons during an electrostatic discharge. It's basically frozen lightning. There are several ways you can make an electrical tree.

Experiment with 'Hot Ice'

Hot ice is a name given to sodium acetate, a chemical you can make by reacting vinegar and baking soda. A solution of sodium acetate can be supercooled​ so that it will crystallize on command. Heat is evolved when the crystals form, so although it resembles water ice, it's hot.

Barking Dog Experiment

The Barking Dog is the name given to a chemiluminescent reaction involving the exothermic combination of either nitrous oxide or nitrogen monoxide with carbon disulfide. The reaction proceeds down a tube, emitting blue light and a characteristic "woof" sound.

Another version of the demonstration involves coating the inside of a clear jug with alcohol and igniting the vapor. The  flame front proceeds down the ​bottle , which also barks.

Dehydration of Sugar

When you react sugar with sulfuric acid , the sugar is violently dehydrated. The result is a growing column of carbon black, heat, and the overwhelming odor of burnt caramel.

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Want something less extravagant but still fun? These easy science experiments are doable with items you likely already have at home—from creating invisible ink with baking soda to making homemade ice cream in a plastic bag.

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Top 10 Chemistry Experiments You Don't Want to Miss

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A few years back we shared a series about how to teach the different areas of science at home, which you can find here:

  • Teaching Biology at Home
  • Teaching Earth Science at Home
  • Teaching Astronomy at Home
  • Teaching Chemistry at Home
  • Teaching Physics at Home

The posts in the series have remained some of our most popular posts and so we thought we would help you all out by sharing our favorite experiments for each discipline!

So far we have shared our favorite biology , earth science , and astronomy experiments. Today, we are going to share ten of our favorites for chemistry.

And without further ado, here are our top 10 chemistry experiments!

Top 10 Chemistry Experiments

Don't miss these top ten favorite chemistry experiments from Elemental Science.

1. Explore marker chromatography.

This STEAM activity versatile enough to do with what you have on hand and definitely delivers the "WOW" factor.

It's a great project for   decorating a tree, making   beautiful butterflies, or for making a scientific version of a   tie-dye t-shirt. Whatever you decide to do with your marker chromatography artwork, the process is the same.

2. Test which one freezes first. 

Winter is a great time to explore the principles of chemistry through experimentation! Although, with a freezer you can enjoy this experiment year-round.

This simple experiment will help your students to see   how salt changes the freezing point of water .

3. Make a bioplastic in your kitchen.

This chemistry experiment shares how to make a simple bioplastic in your microwave!! What is a bioplastic you ask? It's a plasticky material made from biological chemicals.

Now, we can't exactly make a completely hard bioplastic in our microwave. However, we will make a super cool gel-like bioplastic using cornstarch and a few other items.

4. Polishing silver with chemistry.

I know you are thinking - silver polish can't possibly be a super fun chemistry experiment. But, the directions in this post contain the best possible homemade silver polish.

Uncle Cecil and President Lincoln of Sassafras Science fame tried hundreds of experiments just to make sure. This silver-polishing, scientific magic trick will make an afternoon chore into a super fun chemistry experiment.

5. Experiment with Borax.

Borax is an old-school laundry booster that many of the slime recipes use. But what do you do with the rest of the box when you are done? 

You could get all retro and add it to your next load of laundry, but what fun is that? Today, we are going to share with you three chemistry experiments that use Borax - ones that you will want to do over and over again until the whole box is gone!

6. Do a kitchen acid test.

A kitchen acid test is always fun because of the color changes.  But more than that, this hands-on science activity is a great way to show your kids a bit about the chemistry of acids and bases!

7. Send a secret message.

You use chemistry to be like a spy and send a secret message ! This  kitchen science activity is one you can use over and over again.

8. Explode fireworks in your kitchen.

There is a lot of chemistry behind fireworks - the colors alone are due to different chemicals!

And although, you can't explode actual fireworks in your kitchen, but you can learn about them and then do a simple chemistry experiment to see fireworks in your kitchen !

9. Play with dry ice.

Dry ice is a fun way to explore the states of matter. It's one of those materials that appear to boil in room temperature water, sending out billows of white, wispy smoke.

This post shares three  chemistry activities with dry ice from our lab to yours that you can use to explore this amazing material.

10. Mix up a batch of crazy colors.

This chemistry experiment is part color-change , part stink-up-the-kitchen and it requires a bit of preparation, but it is totally worth it! It's one of the best ways to show the difference between acids and bases.

Wrapping it Up

There are loads more options for chemistry experiments out there that we love - in fact, we probably could have done a post with 100 experiments! But these are the ten we don't want you to miss.  If you want more chemistry experiments, check out our   Chemistry Pinterest board .

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72 Easy Science Experiments Using Materials You Already Have On Hand

Because science doesn’t have to be complicated.

Easy science experiments including a "naked" egg and "leakproof" bag

If there is one thing that is guaranteed to get your students excited, it’s a good science experiment! While some experiments require expensive lab equipment or dangerous chemicals, there are plenty of cool projects you can do with regular household items. We’ve rounded up a big collection of easy science experiments that anybody can try, and kids are going to love them!

Easy Chemistry Science Experiments

Easy physics science experiments, easy biology and environmental science experiments, easy engineering experiments and stem challenges.

Skittles form a circle around a plate. The colors are bleeding toward the center of the plate. (easy science experiments)

1. Taste the Rainbow

Teach your students about diffusion while creating a beautiful and tasty rainbow! Tip: Have extra Skittles on hand so your class can eat a few!

Learn more: Skittles Diffusion

Colorful rock candy on wooden sticks

2. Crystallize sweet treats

Crystal science experiments teach kids about supersaturated solutions. This one is easy to do at home, and the results are absolutely delicious!

Learn more: Candy Crystals

3. Make a volcano erupt

This classic experiment demonstrates a chemical reaction between baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar (acetic acid), which produces carbon dioxide gas, water, and sodium acetate.

Learn more: Best Volcano Experiments

4. Make elephant toothpaste

This fun project uses yeast and a hydrogen peroxide solution to create overflowing “elephant toothpaste.” Tip: Add an extra fun layer by having kids create toothpaste wrappers for plastic bottles.

Girl making an enormous bubble with string and wire

5. Blow the biggest bubbles you can

Add a few simple ingredients to dish soap solution to create the largest bubbles you’ve ever seen! Kids learn about surface tension as they engineer these bubble-blowing wands.

Learn more: Giant Soap Bubbles

Plastic bag full of water with pencils stuck through it

6. Demonstrate the “magic” leakproof bag

All you need is a zip-top plastic bag, sharp pencils, and water to blow your kids’ minds. Once they’re suitably impressed, teach them how the “trick” works by explaining the chemistry of polymers.

Learn more: Leakproof Bag

Several apple slices are shown on a clear plate. There are cards that label what they have been immersed in (including salt water, sugar water, etc.) (easy science experiments)

7. Use apple slices to learn about oxidation

Have students make predictions about what will happen to apple slices when immersed in different liquids, then put those predictions to the test. Have them record their observations.

Learn more: Apple Oxidation

8. Float a marker man

Their eyes will pop out of their heads when you “levitate” a stick figure right off the table! This experiment works due to the insolubility of dry-erase marker ink in water, combined with the lighter density of the ink.

Learn more: Floating Marker Man

Mason jars stacked with their mouths together, with one color of water on the bottom and another color on top

9. Discover density with hot and cold water

There are a lot of easy science experiments you can do with density. This one is extremely simple, involving only hot and cold water and food coloring, but the visuals make it appealing and fun.

Learn more: Layered Water

Clear cylinder layered with various liquids in different colors

10. Layer more liquids

This density demo is a little more complicated, but the effects are spectacular. Slowly layer liquids like honey, dish soap, water, and rubbing alcohol in a glass. Kids will be amazed when the liquids float one on top of the other like magic (except it is really science).

Learn more: Layered Liquids

Giant carbon snake growing out of a tin pan full of sand

11. Grow a carbon sugar snake

Easy science experiments can still have impressive results! This eye-popping chemical reaction demonstration only requires simple supplies like sugar, baking soda, and sand.

Learn more: Carbon Sugar Snake

12. Mix up some slime

Tell kids you’re going to make slime at home, and watch their eyes light up! There are a variety of ways to make slime, so try a few different recipes to find the one you like best.

Two children are shown (without faces) bouncing balls on a white table

13. Make homemade bouncy balls

These homemade bouncy balls are easy to make since all you need is glue, food coloring, borax powder, cornstarch, and warm water. You’ll want to store them inside a container like a plastic egg because they will flatten out over time.

Learn more: Make Your Own Bouncy Balls

Pink sidewalk chalk stick sitting on a paper towel

14. Create eggshell chalk

Eggshells contain calcium, the same material that makes chalk. Grind them up and mix them with flour, water, and food coloring to make your very own sidewalk chalk.

Learn more: Eggshell Chalk

Science student holding a raw egg without a shell

15. Make naked eggs

This is so cool! Use vinegar to dissolve the calcium carbonate in an eggshell to discover the membrane underneath that holds the egg together. Then, use the “naked” egg for another easy science experiment that demonstrates osmosis .

Learn more: Naked Egg Experiment

16. Turn milk into plastic

This sounds a lot more complicated than it is, but don’t be afraid to give it a try. Use simple kitchen supplies to create plastic polymers from plain old milk. Sculpt them into cool shapes when you’re done!

Student using a series of test tubes filled with pink liquid

17. Test pH using cabbage

Teach kids about acids and bases without needing pH test strips! Simply boil some red cabbage and use the resulting water to test various substances—acids turn red and bases turn green.

Learn more: Cabbage pH

Pennies in small cups of liquid labeled coca cola, vinegar + salt, apple juice, water, catsup, and vinegar. Text reads Cleaning Coins Science Experiment. Step by step procedure and explanation.

18. Clean some old coins

Use common household items to make old oxidized coins clean and shiny again in this simple chemistry experiment. Ask kids to predict (hypothesize) which will work best, then expand the learning by doing some research to explain the results.

Learn more: Cleaning Coins

Glass bottle with bowl holding three eggs, small glass with matches sitting on a box of matches, and a yellow plastic straw, against a blue background

19. Pull an egg into a bottle

This classic easy science experiment never fails to delight. Use the power of air pressure to suck a hard-boiled egg into a jar, no hands required.

Learn more: Egg in a Bottle

20. Blow up a balloon (without blowing)

Chances are good you probably did easy science experiments like this when you were in school. The baking soda and vinegar balloon experiment demonstrates the reactions between acids and bases when you fill a bottle with vinegar and a balloon with baking soda.

21 Assemble a DIY lava lamp

This 1970s trend is back—as an easy science experiment! This activity combines acid-base reactions with density for a totally groovy result.

Four colored cups containing different liquids, with an egg in each

22. Explore how sugary drinks affect teeth

The calcium content of eggshells makes them a great stand-in for teeth. Use eggs to explore how soda and juice can stain teeth and wear down the enamel. Expand your learning by trying different toothpaste-and-toothbrush combinations to see how effective they are.

Learn more: Sugar and Teeth Experiment

23. Mummify a hot dog

If your kids are fascinated by the Egyptians, they’ll love learning to mummify a hot dog! No need for canopic jars , just grab some baking soda and get started.

24. Extinguish flames with carbon dioxide

This is a fiery twist on acid-base experiments. Light a candle and talk about what fire needs in order to survive. Then, create an acid-base reaction and “pour” the carbon dioxide to extinguish the flame. The CO2 gas acts like a liquid, suffocating the fire.

I Love You written in lemon juice on a piece of white paper, with lemon half and cotton swabs

25. Send secret messages with invisible ink

Turn your kids into secret agents! Write messages with a paintbrush dipped in lemon juice, then hold the paper over a heat source and watch the invisible become visible as oxidation goes to work.

Learn more: Invisible Ink

26. Create dancing popcorn

This is a fun version of the classic baking soda and vinegar experiment, perfect for the younger crowd. The bubbly mixture causes popcorn to dance around in the water.

Students looking surprised as foamy liquid shoots up out of diet soda bottles

27. Shoot a soda geyser sky-high

You’ve always wondered if this really works, so it’s time to find out for yourself! Kids will marvel at the chemical reaction that sends diet soda shooting high in the air when Mentos are added.

Learn more: Soda Explosion

Empty tea bags burning into ashes

28. Send a teabag flying

Hot air rises, and this experiment can prove it! You’ll want to supervise kids with fire, of course. For more safety, try this one outside.

Learn more: Flying Tea Bags

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29. Create magic milk

This fun and easy science experiment demonstrates principles related to surface tension, molecular interactions, and fluid dynamics.

Learn more: Magic Milk Experiment

Two side-by-side shots of an upside-down glass over a candle in a bowl of water, with water pulled up into the glass in the second picture

30. Watch the water rise

Learn about Charles’s Law with this simple experiment. As the candle burns, using up oxygen and heating the air in the glass, the water rises as if by magic.

Learn more: Rising Water

Glasses filled with colored water, with paper towels running from one to the next

31. Learn about capillary action

Kids will be amazed as they watch the colored water move from glass to glass, and you’ll love the easy and inexpensive setup. Gather some water, paper towels, and food coloring to teach the scientific magic of capillary action.

Learn more: Capillary Action

A pink balloon has a face drawn on it. It is hovering over a plate with salt and pepper on it

32. Give a balloon a beard

Equally educational and fun, this experiment will teach kids about static electricity using everyday materials. Kids will undoubtedly get a kick out of creating beards on their balloon person!

Learn more: Static Electricity

DIY compass made from a needle floating in water

33. Find your way with a DIY compass

Here’s an old classic that never fails to impress. Magnetize a needle, float it on the water’s surface, and it will always point north.

Learn more: DIY Compass

34. Crush a can using air pressure

Sure, it’s easy to crush a soda can with your bare hands, but what if you could do it without touching it at all? That’s the power of air pressure!

A large piece of cardboard has a white circle in the center with a pencil standing upright in the middle of the circle. Rocks are on all four corners holding it down.

35. Tell time using the sun

While people use clocks or even phones to tell time today, there was a time when a sundial was the best means to do that. Kids will certainly get a kick out of creating their own sundials using everyday materials like cardboard and pencils.

Learn more: Make Your Own Sundial

36. Launch a balloon rocket

Grab balloons, string, straws, and tape, and launch rockets to learn about the laws of motion.

Steel wool sitting in an aluminum tray. The steel wool appears to be on fire.

37. Make sparks with steel wool

All you need is steel wool and a 9-volt battery to perform this science demo that’s bound to make their eyes light up! Kids learn about chain reactions, chemical changes, and more.

Learn more: Steel Wool Electricity

38. Levitate a Ping-Pong ball

Kids will get a kick out of this experiment, which is really all about Bernoulli’s principle. You only need plastic bottles, bendy straws, and Ping-Pong balls to make the science magic happen.

Colored water in a vortex in a plastic bottle

39. Whip up a tornado in a bottle

There are plenty of versions of this classic experiment out there, but we love this one because it sparkles! Kids learn about a vortex and what it takes to create one.

Learn more: Tornado in a Bottle

Homemade barometer using a tin can, rubber band, and ruler

40. Monitor air pressure with a DIY barometer

This simple but effective DIY science project teaches kids about air pressure and meteorology. They’ll have fun tracking and predicting the weather with their very own barometer.

Learn more: DIY Barometer

A child holds up a pice of ice to their eye as if it is a magnifying glass. (easy science experiments)

41. Peer through an ice magnifying glass

Students will certainly get a thrill out of seeing how an everyday object like a piece of ice can be used as a magnifying glass. Be sure to use purified or distilled water since tap water will have impurities in it that will cause distortion.

Learn more: Ice Magnifying Glass

Piece of twine stuck to an ice cube

42. String up some sticky ice

Can you lift an ice cube using just a piece of string? This quick experiment teaches you how. Use a little salt to melt the ice and then refreeze the ice with the string attached.

Learn more: Sticky Ice

Drawing of a hand with the thumb up and a glass of water

43. “Flip” a drawing with water

Light refraction causes some really cool effects, and there are multiple easy science experiments you can do with it. This one uses refraction to “flip” a drawing; you can also try the famous “disappearing penny” trick .

Learn more: Light Refraction With Water

44. Color some flowers

We love how simple this project is to re-create since all you’ll need are some white carnations, food coloring, glasses, and water. The end result is just so beautiful!

Square dish filled with water and glitter, showing how a drop of dish soap repels the glitter

45. Use glitter to fight germs

Everyone knows that glitter is just like germs—it gets everywhere and is so hard to get rid of! Use that to your advantage and show kids how soap fights glitter and germs.

Learn more: Glitter Germs

Plastic bag with clouds and sun drawn on it, with a small amount of blue liquid at the bottom

46. Re-create the water cycle in a bag

You can do so many easy science experiments with a simple zip-top bag. Fill one partway with water and set it on a sunny windowsill to see how the water evaporates up and eventually “rains” down.

Learn more: Water Cycle

Plastic zipper bag tied around leaves on a tree

47. Learn about plant transpiration

Your backyard is a terrific place for easy science experiments. Grab a plastic bag and rubber band to learn how plants get rid of excess water they don’t need, a process known as transpiration.

Learn more: Plant Transpiration

Students sit around a table that has a tin pan filled with blue liquid wiht a feather floating in it (easy science experiments)

48. Clean up an oil spill

Before conducting this experiment, teach your students about engineers who solve environmental problems like oil spills. Then, have your students use provided materials to clean the oil spill from their oceans.

Learn more: Oil Spill

Sixth grade student holding model lungs and diaphragm made from a plastic bottle, duct tape, and balloons

49. Construct a pair of model lungs

Kids get a better understanding of the respiratory system when they build model lungs using a plastic water bottle and some balloons. You can modify the experiment to demonstrate the effects of smoking too.

Learn more: Model Lungs

Child pouring vinegar over a large rock in a bowl

50. Experiment with limestone rocks

Kids  love to collect rocks, and there are plenty of easy science experiments you can do with them. In this one, pour vinegar over a rock to see if it bubbles. If it does, you’ve found limestone!

Learn more: Limestone Experiments

Plastic bottle converted to a homemade rain gauge

51. Turn a bottle into a rain gauge

All you need is a plastic bottle, a ruler, and a permanent marker to make your own rain gauge. Monitor your measurements and see how they stack up against meteorology reports in your area.

Learn more: DIY Rain Gauge

Pile of different colored towels pushed together to create folds like mountains

52. Build up towel mountains

This clever demonstration helps kids understand how some landforms are created. Use layers of towels to represent rock layers and boxes for continents. Then pu-u-u-sh and see what happens!

Learn more: Towel Mountains

Layers of differently colored playdough with straw holes punched throughout all the layers

53. Take a play dough core sample

Learn about the layers of the earth by building them out of Play-Doh, then take a core sample with a straw. ( Love Play-Doh? Get more learning ideas here. )

Learn more: Play Dough Core Sampling

Science student poking holes in the bottom of a paper cup in the shape of a constellation

54. Project the stars on your ceiling

Use the video lesson in the link below to learn why stars are only visible at night. Then create a DIY star projector to explore the concept hands-on.

Learn more: DIY Star Projector

Glass jar of water with shaving cream floating on top, with blue food coloring dripping through, next to a can of shaving cream

55. Make it rain

Use shaving cream and food coloring to simulate clouds and rain. This is an easy science experiment little ones will beg to do over and over.

Learn more: Shaving Cream Rain

56. Blow up your fingerprint

This is such a cool (and easy!) way to look at fingerprint patterns. Inflate a balloon a bit, use some ink to put a fingerprint on it, then blow it up big to see your fingerprint in detail.

Edible DNA model made with Twizzlers, gumdrops, and toothpicks

57. Snack on a DNA model

Twizzlers, gumdrops, and a few toothpicks are all you need to make this super-fun (and yummy!) DNA model.

Learn more: Edible DNA Model

58. Dissect a flower

Take a nature walk and find a flower or two. Then bring them home and take them apart to discover all the different parts of flowers.

DIY smartphone amplifier made from paper cups

59. Craft smartphone speakers

No Bluetooth speaker? No problem! Put together your own from paper cups and toilet paper tubes.

Learn more: Smartphone Speakers

Car made from cardboard with bottlecap wheels and powered by a blue balloon

60. Race a balloon-powered car

Kids will be amazed when they learn they can put together this awesome racer using cardboard and bottle-cap wheels. The balloon-powered “engine” is so much fun too.

Learn more: Balloon-Powered Car

Miniature Ferris Wheel built out of colorful wood craft sticks

61. Build a Ferris wheel

You’ve probably ridden on a Ferris wheel, but can you build one? Stock up on wood craft sticks and find out! Play around with different designs to see which one works best.

Learn more: Craft Stick Ferris Wheel

62. Design a phone stand

There are lots of ways to craft a DIY phone stand, which makes this a perfect creative-thinking STEM challenge.

63. Conduct an egg drop

Put all their engineering skills to the test with an egg drop! Challenge kids to build a container from stuff they find around the house that will protect an egg from a long fall (this is especially fun to do from upper-story windows).

Learn more: Egg Drop Challenge Ideas

Student building a roller coaster of drinking straws for a ping pong ball (Fourth Grade Science)

64. Engineer a drinking-straw roller coaster

STEM challenges are always a hit with kids. We love this one, which only requires basic supplies like drinking straws.

Learn more: Straw Roller Coaster

Outside Science Solar Oven Desert Chica

65. Build a solar oven

Explore the power of the sun when you build your own solar ovens and use them to cook some yummy treats. This experiment takes a little more time and effort, but the results are always impressive. The link below has complete instructions.

Learn more: Solar Oven

Mini Da Vinci bridge made of pencils and rubber bands

66. Build a Da Vinci bridge

There are plenty of bridge-building experiments out there, but this one is unique. It’s inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-year-old self-supporting wooden bridge. Learn how to build it at the link, and expand your learning by exploring more about Da Vinci himself.

Learn more: Da Vinci Bridge

67. Step through an index card

This is one easy science experiment that never fails to astonish. With carefully placed scissor cuts on an index card, you can make a loop large enough to fit a (small) human body through! Kids will be wowed as they learn about surface area.

Student standing on top of a structure built from cardboard sheets and paper cups

68. Stand on a pile of paper cups

Combine physics and engineering and challenge kids to create a paper cup structure that can support their weight. This is a cool project for aspiring architects.

Learn more: Paper Cup Stack

Child standing on a stepladder dropping a toy attached to a paper parachute

69. Test out parachutes

Gather a variety of materials (try tissues, handkerchiefs, plastic bags, etc.) and see which ones make the best parachutes. You can also find out how they’re affected by windy days or find out which ones work in the rain.

Learn more: Parachute Drop

Students balancing a textbook on top of a pyramid of rolled up newspaper

70. Recycle newspapers into an engineering challenge

It’s amazing how a stack of newspapers can spark such creative engineering. Challenge kids to build a tower, support a book, or even build a chair using only newspaper and tape!

Learn more: Newspaper STEM Challenge

Plastic cup with rubber bands stretched across the opening

71. Use rubber bands to sound out acoustics

Explore the ways that sound waves are affected by what’s around them using a simple rubber band “guitar.” (Kids absolutely love playing with these!)

Learn more: Rubber Band Guitar

Science student pouring water over a cupcake wrapper propped on wood craft sticks

72. Assemble a better umbrella

Challenge students to engineer the best possible umbrella from various household supplies. Encourage them to plan, draw blueprints, and test their creations using the scientific method.

Learn more: Umbrella STEM Challenge

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