I love the look in my kids eyes when I tell them that we are going to do a science experiment! So, what better way to encourage learning than through a Chemistry Lesson Plan for kids! This mega list of chemistry resources includes (FREE) math worksheets, kids magazines and writing prompts. And, of course, we scoured our brains (and the Internet) to put together a great list of science experiments using stuff you likely have at home!
Science Virtual Camp
We are doing an entire science virtual camp, using ingredients and stuff that you most likely already have around your house. Make sure that you join our Facebook Group and follow us on Pinterest, so you that you won’t miss the additional activities! Here are the other daily activities, in case you missed any so far:
- How to Make a Lava Lamp (5 different ways!)
- Free Coding Programs for Kids
- Make Your Drawings FLOAT (and the amazing science behind it!)
⚗️Science: Chemistry Battleship Game
I get excited when our kids can learn science through playing fun games, like with these Periodic Table Playing Cards that my kids love! So I pretty much freaked out when I saw this fantastic way to learn about (and even memorize!) the Periodic Table, by making and playing a DIY Periodic Table version of Battleship!
- First, watch this video to learn what the periodic table is and why it is important.
- Next, read how to make and play the game of Periodic Table Battleship: https://teachbesideme.com/chemistry-for-kids/ As a side note, you can print the periodic table used in that game for free, if you signup on the website. But for those of you who would prefer to not sign-up, you can print the periodic table here instead: https://www.thoughtco.com/printable-periodic-tables-4064198
🧪 Chemistry Experiments for Elementary School (K-5th Grade)
Normally, we don’t have two sections for science in our daily lesson plans, but today we have made an exception, since the topic is Chemistry, after all! Here is a fantastic list of chemistry experiments that are appropriate for kindergarten through 5th grade (and probably younger and older kids as well!). And best of all, they use ingredients you are likely to have at home, or at least should not have a hard time finding!
- Learn how to make a self inflating balloon.
- Explore acids and bases doing this cabbage juice pH test.
- Make some elephant toothpaste (always a huge hit!).
- For our more patient little scientists, you can make DIY rock candy using chemistry.
- Create bouncy, colorful eggs (though this also requires a couple of days worth of waiting patiently).
- Stir-up your own batch of DIY invisible ink.
🧮 Math: Chemistry Math Worksheets
My kids loved these free, printable chemistry worksheets so much that they found (and are currently begging for) a Molecule Building Set! That is a win in my book!
- All Grades (kindergarten through 5th grade) – You will enjoy these chemistry-related math worksheets! The first few pages require special blocks that are usually found in a classroom, but you could use Legos, if you have enough of the same size pieces! But even if you don’t have enough Legos, pages 4-8 use household items to do an experiment to give your child an understanding of volume and capacity: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mini-Math-Investigations-Volume-and-Capacity-Worksheets-Tasks-and-Activities-2947363
- 3rd-5th Grade – Here is a special math worksheet just for you guys! You will locate the atomic numbers for various elements on the Periodic Table and multiply them on this worksheet (hello, fun way to practice multiplication facts!!!): https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mental-Math-Multiplication-Challenge-Periodic-Table-2106157
✏ Scientific Writing for Kids
- Kindergarten -2nd Grade – If you have M&M’s or Skittles at home, do this fun experiment and fill out the worksheet as you go along. Make sure to write down your hypothesis and your conclusion. Why do you think it turned out the way it did? https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/k-8/inquiry-in-action/second-grade/g2-l3.1-sas.pdf
- 3rd-5th Grade – Think about this chemistry question and use the writing prompt to answer it: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Procedural-Writing-in-Math-and-Science-1073091
📚 Reading: FREE Chemistry Magazine for Elementary School Kids
- All Grades (K-5th) – Read this great, free science magazine called Celebrating Chemistry. It is available in both English: https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/outreach/celebrating-chemistry/2020-ccew-celebrating-chemistry-english.pdf And also Spanish: https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/outreach/celebrating-chemistry/2020-ccew-celebrating-chemistry-spanish.pdf
- K-1st Grade: practice reading this very simple (but cool book) Organic Chemistry for Babies. The words are simple, but it does a fantastic job of explaining some of the basic of organic chemistry. Below is a Read-Aloud video of the book.
🖌ART: Learn to Draw a Chemistry Flask
Unwind, relax and learn how to draw this cartoon-y version of a chemistry flask in the video below.
And the most fun part… share a photo of your drawing of the chemistry flask, a video or photo of the cool science experiment you did or of any of the other activities on Facebook! Make sure to include a link to this webpage or to our Facebook Group and Facebook Page, so that we can see it too! I’ve purposefully added a lot of options for parents who need to keep their kiddos occupied for more time and to allow you to cater to your children’s preferences.