Kitchen Chemistry Class

February 20, 2017

My kids have been having fun learning about the Periodic Table.

I decided to put together a kitchen chemistry class to allow them to put their new knowledge to the test.

I googled some ideas and came up with a couple I thought would work well.

  1. We made our own indicator to test the pH of different household products: an orange, olive juice, hot sauce, baking powder, contact solution, hairspray, and more. It was fun guessing what color the indicator would turn to, and we were often surprised by the results.
  2. We made tortillas and salsa. The baking powder in the tortillas causes a chemical reaction, and the tomatoes in the salsa are very acidic–both lessons in chemistry.

We had a great time but, of course, the best part of all was eating the tortillas and salsa.

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