I sometimes get offers to speak for audiences that aren’t as well-versed in chemistry as high school students. Though I know everybody there would love to see me just blather away about science stuff, it’s probably not too surprising to hear that I’d rather do some lab stuff instead.
Below, I present to you some miscellaneous stuff that families and kids of all ages can do at home:
- Making pickles: A recipe for making pickles that’s kind of fun. It’s not anything super hardcore, but I like it anyway!
- Diaper demo: If you’ve ever wondered how diapers work and wanted to experiment with them, this is for you. Pee not included.
- Epsom salt dehydration: Allows kids to see the dehydration of Epsom salt in the comfort of their own home.
- Mummification: When I was working on the “making pickles” thing above, it occurred to me that food preservation and mummification both have a similar goal – to keep edible things from spoiling and making a mess. This was originally designed for an elementary class, but can be easily adapted.