Before Blumenthal and his molecular menu, elementary curriculum mandated students dabble in the art of food chemistry to display their knowledge and understanding of science.
From this a wealth of crazy cooking experiments were created here are a few of the fun ‘try this at home’ projects for the food enthusiast!
Cabbage pH Indicator
Make your own pH indicator solution! Red cabbage juice indicator is easy to make, exhibits a wide range of colors, and can be used to make your own pH paper strips.
Oobleck Recipe
Learn how to make Oobleck, a type of slime that has properties of both liquids and solids.
Pepper and Water Science Magic Trick
The pepper and water science trick is one of the easiest magic tricks you can perform. Here’s how to do the trick and an explanation of how it works.
Easter Egg Dyes from the Kitchen
These are easy instructions for making your own natural Easter egg dyes, using fruits, vegetables, and spices.
Fireworks in a Glass
Fireworks are a beautiful and fun part of many celebrations, but not something you want kids to make themselves. However, even very young explorers can experiment with these safe underwater fireworks.
Fried Green Egg
Red cabbage juice contains a natural pH indicator that changes color from purple to green under basic (alkaline) conditions. You can use this reaction to make a fried green egg.
Fruit Battery
If you have fruit, a couple of nails, and wire then you can generate electricity to turn on a light bulb. Learn how to make a fruit battery.
Ice Cream in a Baggie
Make a tasty treat and learn about freezing point depression, too! All you need are some basic ingredients and two ziploc baggies.
Lava Lamp – Non-Toxic Version
While real lava lamps and lava lites rely on trade secrets, you can get a similar effect with simple household ingredients.
Natural Toothpaste
It’s fast, easy, non-toxic, and fluoride-free! Use these instructions to make your own natural toothpaste.
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Inga Yandell
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