Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House (Paperback)
In Kitchen Science Lab for Kids, mom and scientist Liz Lee Heinecke presents 52 family-friendly labs that introduce fundamental scientific principles in a fun and accessible format.
Following clear, photo-illustrated step-by-step instructions, have fun exploring:
- Microbiology by growing your own microbe zoo on a homemade petri plate.
- Rocket science by making and launching bottle rockets, using water and a bike pump.
- Physics—marshmallow slingshots serve as a lesson on the transformation of energy and an egg-throwing experiment demonstrates the law of motion.
- And so much more! Other great projects explore the exciting science of crystals, static electricity, acidification, and solar energy.
Along with the experiments, you’ll find:
- Tips for keeping a science journal.
- Suggestions for taking your experimentation to the next level with “Creative Enrichment.”
- Accessible explanations of “The Science Behind the Fun.”
- Safety tips and hints.
The experiments can be used as part of a homeschool curriculum, for family fun, at parties, or as educational activities for groups. Many of the experiments are safe enough for children as young as toddlers and exciting enough for older kids, so families can discover the joy of science together.
The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields.
Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels.
Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.
Liz Lee Heinecke has loved science since she was old enough to inspect her first butterfly. After working in molecular biology research for 10 years and earning her master’s degree, she left the lab to kick off a new chapter in her life as a stay-at-home mom. Soon, she found herself sharing her love of science with her three kids as they grew, chronicling their science adventures on her KitchenPantryScientist website. Her desire to share her enthusiasm for science led to regular television appearances, an opportunity to serve as an Earth Ambassador for NASA, and the creation of an iPhone app. Her goal is to make it simple for parents to do science with kids of all ages, and for kids to experiment safely on their own. Liz graduated from Luther College and received her master’s degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Kitchen Science Lab for Kids, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition, Outdoor Science Lab for Kids, STEAM Lab for Kids, Sheet Pan Science, and Little Learning Labs: Kitchen Science for Kids. Her namesake series, The Kitchen Pantry Scientist, pairs illustrated biographies with engaging hands-on activities inspired by their work. The books in that series include: Chemistry for Kids, Biology for Kids, Physics for Kids, and Math for Kids.
“Known to most as The Kitchen Pantry Scientist, LizHeinecke is an avid blogger, NASA Earth Ambassador, Bacteriologist and former medical researcher. But to her three children, she’s just known as “mom,” an enthusiastic and curious parent who loves to have as much fun with science as they do.” — A Bullseye View, the blog for Target
“While technically not a cookbook (although it does have edible electromagnetic waves), this book celebrates the kitchen and food as a source of science magic... If you have kids, or just are a kid, this book is a must-have.” — Minneapolis City Pages
“Heinecke takes kids—and their parents—through the step-by-step process of scientific method, with easy-to-follow instructions and photos.” — Omaha World-Herald