Chemistry is more fun, as Tim says, more sciency, if you use “real” chemicals. But the chemicals you buy from chemical suppliers are more expensive and usually involve more dangerous experiments, which can be good, but not for younger kids and not all the time. If you buy a kids “chemistry kit” you generally find to your chagrin that you just paid $35 for miniscule amounts of baking soda and vinegar and a handful of simple experiments easily found on the internet. What to do?
Lucky for you the scientific and creative brains at Layers of Learning solved all your problems with these printable Chemical Labels.
Just cut apart the labels and paste them on to clean dry glass or plastic jars with lids. Then you can fill the jars with the appropriate chemicals. In the printable we include a “Key to the Chemical Codes” which you should post where you store your chemicals.
Here are some experiments to try involving some of these household chemicals.
Warning: Just because you can buy it in the grocery store does not mean it’s harmless. Many of the chemicals on your shelves are very dangerous.
- Wear gloves and goggles when doing chemistry experiments.
- Always dispose of chemicals as the directed in the experiment.
- Never mix chemicals randomly. Many seemingly harmless chemicals when mixed together create deadly and usually colorless and odorless gases. Just follow directions for chemistry experiments from a source you trust and do your chemistry is a well ventilated room.