We love learning and playing with simple kitchen science experiments. Why kitchen science? Because everything you need is already in your kitchen cupboards. There are so many cool science experiments to do at home with household items.  These fun food experiments are sure to develop a love for learning and science with your kids!  We love simple science experiments for kids!

KITCHEN SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Easy to set up kitchen science experiments and activities using common kitchen supplies. perfect for both home science and classroom science projects, these kitchen science activities are great for hands on learning ideas. Explore science in the kitchen with chemical reactions, candy science, edible slime, salt crystals, liquid density and more! Experiments for preschool science, kindergarten science, and early elementary science.

WHAT IS KITCHEN SCIENCE?

There are so many great science experiments using kitchen ingredients.  Most of which I am sure you already have in your cupboards. Why not bring your science learning right into the kitchen.

Is cooking a STEM activity? Absolutely! Cooking is science as well! Some of these fun food experiments below you will be able to eat and some are experiments with common kitchen ingredients.  Learning happens everywhere! Get ready to explore kitchen science!

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KITCHEN SCIENCE SETUP!

We have a few resources to get you on your way to having an incredible science experience with your kids in the kitchen. Kitchen science can be so much fun for young kids and also easy for their adults to set up and clean up.

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THE BEST FOOD SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

We love simple science experiments that are also edible.  Check out these food experiments the kids will love including plenty of edible slime recipes, ice cream in a bag, and fizzy lemonade!

MORE KITCHEN SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

APPLE EXPERIMENT

Why do apples turn brown?  Find out why with this fun kitchen science experiment.

kitchen science with apples

BALLOON EXPERIMENT

Combine quick science and balloon play with our easy to set up kitchen chemistry for kids! Can you inflate a balloon without blowing into it?

best science activity for classic science is blowing up a balloon with baking soda and vinegar

BAKING SODA EXPERIMENTS

Baking soda and vinegar eruptions are always a hit and we have a ton of baking soda experiments for you to try. Here are some of our favorites…

BUBBLE SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

Investigate the science of bubbles and have fun at the same time.

CANDY DNA MODEL

Learn all about DNA with this easy to make candy model.  You might just want to sample it too!

CANDY GEODES

Learn how to make edible geode crystals science activity for kids

CHICK PEA FOAM

Have fun with this taste safe sensory play foam made with ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen! This edible shaving foam or aquafaba as it is commonly known is made from the water chick peas are cooked in.

CITRIC ACID EXPERIMENT

This fun kitchen science experiment for kids is all about smell! What better way to test out our sense of smell than with a citrus acid experiment. Investigate which fruit makes the biggest chemical reaction; oranges or lemons.

Squeezing citrus fruits for baking soda science activity

CRANBERRY SECRET MESSAGES

Are you a fan of cranberry sauce? I’m not a huge fan, but it’s great for science! Explore acids and bases with the kids and of course, see if you can write a secret message or two.

DANCING CORN

Can you make corn dance?  This bubbling corn experiment appears almost magical but it really just uses baking soda and vinegar for a classic kitchen science activity.

Magic Corn Science Experiment

DANCING RAISINS

Can you make raisins dance?  All you need are a few simple kitchen ingredients for this fun science experiment.

EDIBLE STRUCTURES

This one is more of an engineering activity but definitely uses items from the kitchen and is the perfect way to introduce STEM for kids.

kitchen science meets STEM activity

EGG IN VINEGAR EXPERIMENT

Rubber egg, naked egg, bouncing egg, whatever you call it, this is a pretty cool science experiment for everyone.

kitchen science with eggs

ELECTRIC CORNSTARCH

Electric cornstarch is perfect as an experiment to demonstrate the power of attraction (between charged particles that is!) You just need 2 ingredients from your pantry and a couple of basic household ingredients to do this fun science experiment.

FLOATING RICE EXPERIMENT

Explore friction with a fun and simple activity that uses classic household supplies.

GROW SALT CRYSTALS

Simple to grow and taste-safe, this salt crystals experiment is easier for younger kids, but you can also try growing borax crystals for older kids too.

Salt crystals for science experiments and activities

KITCHEN SINK OR FLOAT

What sinks and what floats?  You might find our choices to be eye opening for little scientists! fun food experiments

LAVA LAMP EXPERIMENT

Every kid loves this classic experiment that really is two activities in one! kitchen chemistry for kids - homemade lava lamp

MAGIC MILK EXPERIMENT

Art with milk and fascinating kitchen science too.

M&M EXPERIMENT

Science and candy all in one perfectly simple science activity for kiddos to try.

MILK AND VINEGAR

Kids will be amazed by the transformation of a couple of household ingredients into a moldable, durable piece of a plastic-like substance. This milk and vinegar plastic experiment is a terrific example of kitchen science, a chemical reaction between two substances to form a new substance.

OOBLECK

Easy to make and even more fun to play with. Just 2 ingredients, and learn about non-Newtonian fluids with this simple kitchen science activity.

oobleck recipe

POP ROCKS AND SODA

A fun candy to eat, and now you can turn it into an easy Pop Rocks science experiment too! Find out what happens when you mix soda with pop rocks!

REGROW LETTUCE

Grow your own food on the kitchen counter from the leftovers! simple kitchen science

SALAD DRESSING

Oil and vinegar don’t normally mix! Find out how to make a homemade oil and vinegar salad dressing with one special ingredient.

SKITTLES EXPERIMENT

This skittles experiment might not seem like much of a science activity, but kids love it! There are definitely some simple but important science concepts for them to learn, and they can play around with a little art too.

skittles science activity set up by making patterns of skittles on plates

SODA EXPERIMENT

Love fizzing and exploding experiments?  YES!! Well here’s a another one the kids are sure to love! All you need are Mentos and coke.

STARBURST ROCK CYCLE

Try this fun Starburst rock cycle activity where you can explore all the stages with one simple ingredient.

Easy to make starburst rock cycle candy and earth science activity for kids

STRAWBERRY DNA EXTRACTION

Find out how to extract strawberry DNA with just a few simple ingredients from your kitchen.

SUGAR WATER DENSITY

Check out the density of liquids and try to make a rainbow too.

kitchen science experiments for kids

WALKING WATER

Get out the roll of paper towels for this kitchen science experiment!

kitchen science with water

WATER EXPERIMENT

Simple to set up and fun to experiment with, kids can test everyday materials to see if they absorb or repel liquids.

kitchen science with water

I hope you have found a few new science ideas to test out in your kitchen!

EXPERIMENTING WITH KITCHEN SCIENCE IS A BLAST!

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12 Comments

  1. Love the cookie cutter idea. My little preschooler loves this mini science experiment: milk in bowl, food coloring drops and swirl with toothpick. Entertains for a good 20-30 minutes every time.

  2. I am always intimidated by doing science experiments with my boys. I know they’d love them… but science was not my thing. So I shy away from them. These look so easy though, we may have to give ’em a try! Thanks for sharing on Makeovers & Motherhood’s Welcome Party Wednesday Link-Up! I am featuring you this week!

  3. It is great when we can use items we already have at home to help our children have fun learning! These are wonderful ideas that are easy to prepare. And I love that you contained each on a separate tray, should make clean-up a bit easier. Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop!

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