Paper Towel Rainbows: Chromatography for Beginners

Get ready for all the rainbow heart eyes in this easy and gorgeous introduction to chromatography. 🌈😍 Recommended age 3.5+ This activity focuses on the concept of solubility and how an appropriate solvent can carry molecules along a stationary phase. Read on for some basic science and how to make some jaw dropping art! Materials [...]

Color Changing Lava Lamp

  One of my goals is to create simple science projects and demos that parents, caregivers, and teachers can easily perform using everyday supplies. I love this color changing lava lamp because it does exactly that. It illustrates so many concepts of chemistry, has ingredients you might already have (or can easily grab from the [...]

Extract your own DNA!

Did you know extracting your DNA so you can see it with your own eyes is one of the easiest science projects you will ever do? Take a look at the video below and try it out for yourself! We've also included some cartoons from The Baby Biochemist: DNA to illustrate what is happening during each step! [...]

How to Make Bendy Bones

If you ask most kids what bones are made of, they would quickly answer "calcium!" Though it's not incorrect, years of us telling them to drink their milk for strong bones has hidden an amazing feature of nature, biomineralization by proteins. Calcium is only half the story of bones. Though the semi-crystalline mineral that contains [...]

Maple Syrup: a sweet, delicious teacher of science for kids

Springtime in rural Vermont is magical. It’s not just the melting snow with rivers of mud, it’s also magical because it’s maple syrup season. For a brief period each year the sap really flows and those lucky enough to have sugar maples can harvest the sweet nectar and boil it down into the delicious breakfast [...]

The Science Behind Milk Plastic

Have you heard of milk plastic before? Not only is it a project you can do with kids, but it's also how they made many plastics before the advent of synthetic plastics! Many of those old buttons in a jar you have from your grandma are probably milk plastic (actually called casein plastic, Galalith, or Erinoid). [...]

Make your own color changing paint with red cabbage

  This activity is for kids 2.5 and up! Get ready for an incredibly simple set up with an incredibly entertaining result. You won't believe how easy it is to make your own color changing paint with just two ingredients: red cabbage and white paint (and honestly, you can leave out the white paint and [...]

Fall Leaf Chromatography

Do some science while taking in the colors of the autumn season! All you need is some filter paper and typical household items. For a little science lesson on chromatography, check out our other post on flower chromatography here. Overview: Chromatography is a method to separate molecules using a liquid phase (solvent) and a stationary [...]

Why does milk foam? The science behind your latte.

Oh it's fall in the Northeast again- the perfect time to switch from iced coffees to silky lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos. When I was younger, I remember wishing there was something warm that tasted as good and had a mouth feel as good as ice cream. Luckily, I've pretty much lost my sweet tooth and [...]