The kitchen is a great place to explore science with children. Even something as simple as melting chocolate is a great science experiment. You can cook, bake, set up a sensory activity, create science magic, make lava lamps and volcanoes, or even play with ice. The creative opportunities with this collection of kitchen science experiments are endless!
The best thing about science in the kitchen is that you probably already have everything you need!
Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids
There are so many different things you can do with eggs. Learn about strong shapes, dissolve the shell in vinegar, transform egg white into meringue and make an egg float with these awesome egg experiments.
Kitchen Science for Preschoolers
My preschooler loves gloop or oobleck; if you’ve never made it before, you must try it. The cornflour ( cornstarch ) and water mixture feels solid if you squeeze it but turns into a liquid when the pressure is released.
This density experiment will impress everyone. Finding a small object to balance on each layer is an extra fun challenge.
Create a Bake Off worthy masterpiece with the Science Sparks Bake off! Find out why honeycomb has bubbles, why cakes turn brown and more!
Can you believe meringue is made from sugar and egg white? Little scientists can transform egg white into a lovely sweet treat.
Discover the power of baking soda by making pancakes!
Making treacle toffee is a great activity for learning about changes of state as the sugar melts and then becomes solid again. Be very careful with the hot mixture, though.
Try some colour mixing with jelly. This is great fun, and you end up with a fun dessert after the investigation.
Grow some sugar crystals and make a lolly.
Savoury Kitchen Science
Make a baked Alaska to find out how to put ice cream in the oven without it melting.
Make some yummy honeycomb and discover why it has holes.
Can you make your butter from cream?
This activity is excellent for learning about colloids. It takes a bit of time and some energy, but the end result is worth it.
Food and Diet Activities
Find out about food groups with this fun activity.
Discover how much sugar common drinks contain.
We’ve also recently used hula hoops to group foods into healthy and unhealthy.
Milk Based Experiments
Do you know why milk curdles?
Did you know you can make glue from milk which actually sticks!!
This one is not so appetising, but still fun. Find out why apples rot.
Using kitchen equipment
Get imaginative with some candy mixtures
Pull out the kitchen scales and try some weighing and measuring.
More scientific principles
Sugar cubes and absorption
Explore absorption with sugar cubes and coloured water; this is a great way to learn about the properties of materials in the kitchen!
Learn about filtering by cleaning up dirty water with a filter.
Make a firework in a glass to discover why oil and water don’t mix.
Make an indicator with red cabbage.
Create a pretty milk display to learn about emulsions.
Discover how to make a lemon sink
Can you make raisins dance? It might be easier than you think!
Fizzing baking soda rocks
These fizzing rocks are a big favourite in our house. You could even add some plastic bugs to give an added twist.
Blow up a balloon with yeast.
Explore yeast and respiration by blowing up a balloon. Other things to try include baking soda and vinegar, or even popping candy and water!
You could also learn how to blow up a balloon with lemon juice.
Baking Soda Volcano
Finally, how about our old favourite, the infamous baking soda volcano?
What do you think? Can you think of any more kitchen science experiments for us?
Kitchen Science Challenge
Can you assemble a whole meal demonstrating a different science concept with every course?
I’ve mentioned it a few times, but did you know I have a new book? Snackable Science is jam-packed full of exciting edible experiments for kids of all ages!
I’m so pleased with how it turned out, so I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Last Updated on February 21, 2023 by Emma Vanstone