Grab the chemistry supplies and safety glasses and let the kids have an unplanned chemistry lab. This week’s chemistry lesson with Christian Kids Explore Chemistry involved learning the names of the apparatuses used in a chemistry lab.
Now I say unplanned, really I mean just let the kids play with the lab equipment, sometimes I can get caught up on doing all the proper learning I forget to let them play.
Chemistry Lab: Learning the Names of the Equipment
- I introduced the name of each apparatus and placed in on the table.
- Remember to wear you goggles in the Chemistry lab.
- Then I allowed them to measure water in the graduated cylinder.
- Move water back and forth with a pipette.
- How much liquid can your erlenmeyer flask hold?
- What are you going to put in your beaker?
- Keep your test tubes in the stand so they do not roll off the table.
- I heated a class of water in the microwave to measure the temperature.
Every few moments I would ask them the name of the apparatus they were using. Then I would leave them alone to pretend what experiment they were performing. Since I have boys there was a lot of explosive reactions happening.
My boys are begging to do this again, so I think tomorrow afternoon I will add food color to some of the water, throw a few spices on the table, and let them pretend our kitchen table is the best chemistry lab on the planet. Besides I am sure the teacher in me will ask a few times, “What is the name of that piece of equipment you are using?”
Sometimes you don’t need a fancy science experiment to have fun. But having the fancy equipment can be very exciting when pretending to be a mad scientist.