Experiments

  • Experiments

    Try some of these experiments that you can do at home with household ingredients....

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  • Bouncy custard

    Make your own slime

    Have fun making this bouncy creation! It’s very similar to this slime experiment. Ingredients...

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  • Bouncing sultanas

    Blue bottle

    Sultanas and raisins bob up and down in any fizzy drink Ingredients and equipment...

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  • Elephant toothpaste

    Elephant toothpaste

    This is definitely not for cleaning your teeth! But this cool experiment fizzes beautifully....

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  • Constant colour change

    Constant colour change

    This is great fun – keep adding different ingredients to see the colours change....

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  • Blue bottle vanishes

    Blue bottle

    Shake the bottle and it turns blue. Leave it and the blue colour disappears....

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  • Artificial berries

    Alginate strawberries

    Make your own artificial fruit from seaweed extract and milk. Berry-like blobs appear in...

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  • Indicator paper

    Turmeric indicator paper

    You could make a really striking image using the techniques in this experiment. Ingredients...

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  • Test the strength

    Neutralisation

    Which acids are the strongest? Let’s run a strength competition to find out! Ingredients...

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  • Tannin in tea

    Tannin in tea

    Who would have thought a cup of tea could take the iron out of...

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  • Sticky cups

    General picture of science equipment

    Use air pressure to make two cups stick together. This experiment creates a vacuum....

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  • Set fire to steel

    Set fire to steel

    I bet you thought that metals like steel couldn’t burn. Think again! Ingredients and...

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  • Separating colours

    Seperate food colouring

    Experiment with this technique to make different patterns and colours. Ingredients and equipment that...

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  • Eat your greens!

    General science equipment

    This is a great experiment to show that hot water is lighter than cold!...

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  • Cellulose fibres

    General picture of science equipment

    This very simple experiment demonstrates the long, snake-like fibres in newspaper. Ingredients and equipment...

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  • Secret message

    Secret message

    What secret message might you write to your friends in this cool experiment? Ingredients...

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  • Saltricity!

    General picture of science equipment

    Light up a bulb – and your scientific knowledge – with this illuminating test....

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  • Particle disco

    Particle disco

    This is a beautiful experiment. Try it a few times to get different patterns/effects...

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  • Make water vanish

    Water disappear

    If you’ve seen me do the three cup trick, this is how it’s done....

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  • Make an indicator

    Neutralisation

    Quite a few experiments use indicators, so this is a good thing to know!...

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  • Liquids to solid

    Heavy sugar

    In this experiment, we’ll mix two clear liquids and get a solid. Ingredients and...

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  • Make a hard plastic

    Protein

    Why not have a go at making one of the first plastics ever made...

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  • Invisible glass

    Invisible glass

    This experiment has a cool effect, with the glass rod appearing to disappear. Ingredients...

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  • Heavy sugar

    Heavy sugar

    This experiment tests whether sugar is heavier than artificial sweeteners Ingredients and equipment that...

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  • Forged cheque

    Forgery

    Which pen was used to make the forgery? Find out in this experiment! Ingredients...

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  • Do a neutralisation

    Alginate strawberries

    An experiment to show acids and alkalines as different colours. Ingredients and equipment that...

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  • Denaturing protein

    Protein

    Curdle milk in this experiment to see protein molecules form. Ingredients and equipment that...

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  • Sinking sachet

    Freaky Bottle

    Squeeze the bottle and enjoy watching the sachet floating and sinking. Ingredients and equipment...

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  • Slime and goo

    Make your own slime

    An all-time favourite experiment to make some gooey slime! Ingredients and equipment that you...

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  • Turmeric indicator

    Turmeric

    Chemistry gives you another great colour change. The bright yellow spice turmeric changes from...

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  • Different dissolving

    Disolving solids

    With this experiment you can wow your friends as polystyrene appears to disappear! Ingredients...

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  • Anti-gravity bottle

    Leaky bottle

    Check out how pressure holds water into this bottle, even when it has holes...

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  • The lardberg

    Floating experiments

    Because an iceberg floats in water, will frozen olive oil float in regular olive...

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  • Biscuit bashing

    Biscuit bashing

    What happens when you make solids smaller and smaller and smaller? Ingredients and equipment...

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  • Liquid layers

    Floating liquids

    Some liquids can float on top of others! Check this out in this experiment....

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  • See hot water rise

    See hot water rise

    This great experiment to show how hot water is lighter than cold water! Ingredients...

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  • Making carbon

    Carbon from a candle

    Flames need oxygen just like us. Stop a flame getting oxygen, and watch how...

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  • A cool lava lamp

    A lava lamp

    Watch coloured bubbles bobbing up and down with this neat homemade lava lamp. Ingredients...

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  • Water Ping Pong

    Are you brave enough to hold this bottle of water directly over your head...

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  • Floating Satsuma

    Peel a satsuma and watch it sink without its water wings Ingredients and equipment...

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  • Fire Extinguisher

    Fire Extinguisher

    You can’t see what’s happening, but it puts out a fire! Ingredients and equipment...

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  • Freaky hand

    Freaky Hand

    Freaky Hand demonstrates that gases expand. Stand back in case it pops! Ingredients and...

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