Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids Ages 3 to 8

Keep your kids’ brains busy and inspire innovation with simple STEAM projects you can do with the materials you have at home!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Cornstarch Slime
    Cornstarch Slime

    (Ages 5-11)

    If you’ve ever wondered why it might be hard to get out of quicksand, it’s because it can act like both a liquid and a solid. Cornstarch slime is a fun substance that does this too! When a substance like this has properties of both liquids and solids, they are called non-Newtonian fluids, which you’ll learn more about in this experiment. You’ll also explore what interactions make it go from one state to another. When you slowly press your fingers into cornstarch slime —stored in a Ziploc bag —it’ll feel like a liquid. But when you quickly press your fingers into it, it becomes as hard as a rock! Why do you think that is?

  • Visual aid of how to complete Water Volcano In A Bottle

    Try out this two-part water experiment! First--why can't you blow up a balloon in a bottle? And, second--what happens when you do...and then fill it with water?

  • Visual aid of how to complete Glowing Oobleck
    Glowing Oobleck

    (Ages 5-16)

    Discover non-newtonian fluids (substances that act as both a liquid and a solid) and liquids that glow under black light with this messy, but delightful activity!

    Have you ever hit some water with a hammer? We’re not sure why you would have, but if you can imagine doing that, you can also imagine that the hammer would make a splash as it goes right into the water. The water doesn’t really push back on the hammer. But what if it did? What if you hit the water, and it stopped the hammer?

    The mixture you’re going to make in this activity does just that. Oobleck is a type of mixture called a non-Newtonian fluid. If you push hard on it (no need to use hammers for this part), it hardens up and pushes back against you. If you push lightly on the oobleck, though, it stays liquidy and your hand will easily go into it.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Tornado Jar
    Tornado Jar

    (Ages 3-8)

    My silly scientists had a blast with this hands-on experiment! We used mason jars and plastic water bottles to make our own mini tornadoes. Then they spent the afternoon spinning their bottles and watching their tornadoes twirl! They fascinated everyone from our tiny tots to my big 4th graders!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Milk Swirl Experiment

    My kids can't get enough of this super-simple science experiment. I love that it's easy and safe enough for kids of all ages, and uses only ingredients I already have in the kitchen. The end result is an explosion of colors, and it almost looks like magic! Watch our video to see us make the colorful experiment from start to swirling color.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Ice Experiments Lab Book (printable)

    Investigate the scientific process with ice! Our Kiwi Crate lab book has six awesome and easy experiments that will keep your kids busy while you get work done. The best part is you can download or print out all the activities!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Fizzing Colors
    Fizzing Colors

    (Ages 3-12)

    Turn your kitchen into a chemistry lab with this simple science experiment! You only need three ingredients: baking soda, food coloring, and vinegar. When you combine the ingredients, a chemical reaction occurs and results in a bubbling eruption of fizzing color. Acids – like vinegar – and bases – like baking soda – are special kinds of chemicals that tend to react with each other to form something completely new: carbon dioxide gas. So the bubbles you see are filled with carbon dioxide gas which creates all the foamy fizz!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Frozen Color Mixing

    Primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) are the source of all other colors. Secondary colors (green, purple, and orange) are created when two primary colors mix. If you freeze up colored ice cubes, you can experiment with color mixing as they melt. Combine cubes to make secondary colors, and if you’re feeling really creative, see if you can make tertiary colors (yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, and yellow-green)! Heads up: This project will dye your little ones’ hands. We recommend using gloves or putting the colored ice cubes in plastic bags for mixing.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Color Mixing with Slime

    When we think of slime, we think of a super-fun gooey experience. But with a handy bag, we can create an awesome rainbow project that lets us enjoy slime and learn at the same time! In this experiment, we make slime in the three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) and layer them up to produce secondary colors (orange, purple, and green).

  • Visual aid of how to complete Edible Paint
    Edible Paint

    (Ages 3-16)

    In our household, we're not afraid to get a little messy, after all, it's inevitable with two little ones running around! So we loved this idea of making homemade finger paint using simple ingredients from the pantry. It was great to know that the paints were non-toxic in case any wandering fingers made their way into mouths. We had so much fun making and playing with the vibrant colors. We will definitely be doing this project again!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Gummy Bear Science Project

    It is time for these little bears to grow up...and out with this gummy bear science project! Watch as gummy bears grow and shrink in different liquids in this kid-friendly experiment. This project is open for exploration and discovery, so kick things off by asking your child what they will happen to a gummy bear in water. Will it dissolve? Will it shrink or grow? Will it fall apart? How long will it take? Don’t forget to grab a notebook to write down their ideas so you can compare what they predicted with what actually happens! You’ll start to see results in just a few hours, and you’ll definitely see big changes in size in just a day.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Invisible Ink with Lemon Juice

    Write secret messages to your friends and family and then let them decode it with any source of heat - like a candle or an incandescent light bulb!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Hopping Grains
    Hopping Grains

    (Ages 3-11)

    Learn how to make a handful of grains hop and dance with this simple kitchen experiment! Add in a splash of food coloring to create a cup that is mesmerizing to watch and enjoy.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Apple Oxidation Experiment

    Have you ever noticed that if you slice an apple in the morning, it turns brown by lunch? This is actually a chemical reaction at work! In this experiment, you’ll learn more about how the oxygen in the air around us causes this reaction (also known as oxidation). With a little help from Ziploc® brand bags, test different liquids to see if you can figure out a way to keep apples fresh from morning to noon.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Square Egg
    Square Egg

    (Ages 5-16)

    Is a square egg possible? Not in nature - but you can re-shape a hard-boiled egg in just a few easy steps!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Egg in Vinegar Experiment

    Want to see a chemical reaction in action? With this egg in vinegar experiment, we observed and followed a regular egg through a transformation to become a bouncy egg. You can too with just a few repurposed ingredients you may have around the house for Easter!

    This experiment allows you to see how two common household materials react — eggshell and vinegar. When these materials come in contact, a (safe) chemical reaction takes place and creates new compounds. This easy experiment is great for children to do on their own, and fun to observe how the egg changes over time.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Glowing Bouncy Egg

    Can you bounce an egg without breaking its shell? Try this simple chemistry experiment and make a large, luminescent rubbery egg.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Rock Candy Experiment

    Did you know you can grow your own sugar crystals at home? In this experiment you'll learn about crystal growing science while making edible sweet treats.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Celery Experiment

    Has your child ever wondered how plants get water from their roots all the way to their leaves? This simple celery experiment shows how colored water travels up a celery stalk!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Magnetic Cereal
    Magnetic Cereal

    (Ages 5-8)

    Pull a couple of cereal boxes from the shelf and test their iron content with this simple experiment. It's fun to see your breakfast whiz across the surface of milk using a magnet!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Spicy Pepper Science Trick

    Try this spicy science trick at home!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Sensory Lab
    Sensory Lab

    (Ages 5-16)

    My son has always had an interest for the kitchen. Whether I'm cooking dinner or baking cookies, you can be sure that he'll come running when he gets a whiff of something delicious. I loved the idea of encouraging his curiosity in the kitchen and introducing him to some herbs and spices we use in our everyday cooking. We created our very own mini sensory lab and my son loved exploring all the different ingredients we use in our home cooked meals!

  • Visual aid of how to complete One-of-a-Kind Bubble Bottle

    Is there anything more fun for kids than bubbles? Not in my house!--well, at least on this afternoon with with this particular bubble bottle. My kids and I had a great time making our one-of-a-kind bottle...then we had a blast blowing a GAZILLION bubble suds!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Underwater Fireworks

    With your kitchen as your lab and baking supplies as your ingredients, create your own underwater firework spectacular! These underwater fireworks go off because of density. Density means how much something weighs for a given volume of it. Denser things like iron and stone sink. Less dense things like wood and rubber float.

    In this experiment, you use four different liquids with four different densities: oil, water, food coloring, and saltwater. The oil sits on top of the water because it’s less dense than water. The water sits on top of the saltwater for the same reason. Food coloring is denser than oil and a little bit denser than water, but it isn’t as dense as saltwater. When the drops of food coloring hit the dense saltwater, they disperse like exploding fireworks!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Instant Sensory Snow

    In our part of California, we don't get any snow. While we try to make at least one trip to Tahoe every winter for a weekend of skiing and sledding, sometimes it's still not enough snow to satisfy my kids.

    To recreate some of that fun winter magic, we decided to make our own snow! It was a great way to have fun with sensory play.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Bouncy Ball
    Bouncy Ball

    (Ages 5-16)

    Did you know you can make your own bouncy balls at home? You can with this project that's also a quick chemistry exploration in polymers. You'll be jumping for joy right alongside your super awesome bouncy balls at the end of this experiment.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Baking Soda-Powered Boat

    Fizz, fizz, zoom! This baking soda experiment boat is easy to build and fun to race. If you’ve ever dropped a fizzy tablet into a cup of water or made a baking soda volcano, you’ve made the same chemical reaction used here. But this time, we’re using that reaction to power a soda bottle boat, for a short distance at least.This is one baking soda experiment that is more fun with more room, so try this one in the bathtub. You can also experiment with the amount of baking soda and vinegar you add.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Magic Inflating Balloons

    Can you make a balloon inflate without using air? Sure you can! You just need to make carbon dioxide gas, which is easier than you think. When your vinegar and baking soda touch, get ready to watch the bubbly reaction!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Egghead Plants
    Egghead Plants

    (Ages 3-11)

    These little eggheads are an adorable project! Just plant the grass seeds and watch the hair grow. You can even use these eggheads as seed-starter pots because they are biodegradable and full of calcium for your plants!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Water Flow Experiment in a Bag

    If you wanted to pour water out of a Ziploc® brand bag into a bowl, where would you put the bowl? Directly under the opening of the bag, of course. (Thanks, gravity!) But if you had a piece of string, you could pour the water from a few inches off to the side of the bowl, over the table, and still get the water to flow into the bowl —all thanks to the adhesive and cohesive properties of water.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Expanding Star
    Expanding Star

    (Ages 1-8)

    Show off your patriotic spirit with this simple yet satisfying star project. Watch as five broken toothpicks transform their shape with just a few drops of water.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Sink or Float?
    Sink or Float?

    (Ages 3-8)

    Will your toy sink or float? This experiment is fun for all ages.

Get inspired!