The list of materials for the Household Chemistry course may be longer than what you expect. This is because the course is primarily composed of hands-on activities. It is likely that you already own many of the materials. Others are quite inexpensive and may be available in local dollar stores, grocery stores, or department stores. Each unit corresponds to a week in the course. (For example, items for Unit 3 will be needed in Week 3 of the course). Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course.


You need these throughout the course: 

  • Access to water 
  • Computer 
  • Printer 
  • Printer paper 
  • Photo-taking device 
  • Old newspaper 


The materials are listed for the individual activities within each unit.


Unit 1: States of Matter


Water’s Freezing Point

Ice cube, 2 cm cube or larger 

String, 10 cm length 

Table salt 


Safety goggles 

Bowl or cup 


Measuring cup 

Liquid starch, 100 mL 

White glue, 100 mL 


Food coloring (optional), a few drops 




Inventory Data Table 

(download from the course) 

Pen or pencil 

Miscellaneous assorted kitchen items 


How Hot Can Water Get?



Small saucepan 


Safety goggles 

Oven mitt or potholder 

Timer or stopwatch 

Printed data table 


Unit 2: Mixtures


Types of Mixtures

Measuring cups 


Milk, 250 mL 

Warm water, 750 mL 

Sugar, 40 g 

Sand, 100 g 

Glasses or plastic cups, 400 mL capacity or larger, 4 


Safety goggles 

Mixtures Lab: Salad Dressing

Jar with a lid, 500 mL 

Dijon mustard, 10 mL 

Olive oil, 120 mL 

Vinegar, 10 mL 



Vegetables (e.g., celery, carrots, or cucumbers), crackers, or bread (optional) 

Colored pencils, assorted colors 

Piece of unlined paper 

Safety goggles 




Separating Mixtures

Ziploc bag, sandwich size 

Staples, 10, separated or steel wool cut into small pieces 

Beads, plastic or glass, 20 

Sand, 20 g 

Water, 50 mL 

Container that holds 100 mL of water 

Bar or kitchen magnet 

Strainer or colander 

Coffee filters, 3 

Cups, small plastic, 4 



Salt Water Evaporation

Measuring cup 

Salt, 10 g 

Warm water, 50 mL 

A clear glass with capacity of 100 mL or larger 

Salt Water Observation and Data form (download from the course) 



Safety goggles 


Food Dye Chromatography

Coffee filters, 2 (white filters work best) 

Food dye, 2 different colors 



Small paper cups, 2 


Safety goggles 





Unit 3: Physical and Chemical Changes


The Naked Egg

Egg, in shell, uncooked (Perishable)

White vinegar (enough to completely cover the egg when placed in the jar; you need enough to do this two 




Slotted spoon 

Safety goggles 

Camera (optional) 

Paper (optional) 

Pen or pencil (optional) 


Chemical Reactions #1

Yeast, 1 packet, newly purchased 

A glass, 300 mL capacity or larger 

Warm water, 50 mL 


3% hydrogen peroxide, 40 mL 


Safety goggles 




Chemical Reactions #2

Baking soda, 20 g 

A glass, 400 mL capacity or larger 

Vinegar, 50 mL 


Safety goggles 




Unit 4: Atoms and Molecules


Build an Atomic Model

Paper plate, any size 


Modeling clay, 100 g 

*Glass or plastic beads, 6 

*Kidney beans (dry), 6 

*Chickpeas (dry), 6 

White glue 



*Can substitute other small objects that you have on hand for making your model 

Candy Balancing Equations

M & Ms, Skittles, or other different color candies (blue, red, green, and orange; 10 of each color) 

Candy Balancing Equations Form (download from the course) 

Colored pencils (blue, red, green, and orange) 


Ionic and Covalent Compounds

M & Ms, Skittles, or other different color candies (10 candies for each of 2 colors) 

Ionic and Covalent 

Compounds Sheet 

(download from the course) 


Unit 5: Biochemistry


Churning Butter

Safety goggles 

Heavy cream, 400 mL (Perishable)

Jar with lid 

Butter knife 

Bread (Perishable)


Enzyme Action: Lactose Free Milk

Lactase tablet 

Large cups, 2 


A mortar and pestle or something that can be used to grind the tablet 

Milk, 500 mL (Perishable)

Safety goggles 

Glucose test strips (2) 



Enzyme Action: Fruit in Jell-O

Jell-O (1 small package) 

Hot tap water, 250 mL  

Cold tap water, 250 mL 

Large bowl 

Medium size plastic bowls, 2 


Fresh pineapple or kiwi (Perishable)

Safety goggles 


Apple Browning

Apple slices (5) (Perishable)

Baking soda solution, 10 mL (3 teaspoons of baking soda to 60 mL of water) 

Room temperature water, 10 mL  

Paper cups, 4 

Lemon juice, 10 mL 

Hot water, 10 mL 

Paper plate 

Safety goggles 

Tweezers or tongs 

Pen or pencil 

A camera 



Unit 6: Fermentation and Food Preservation


Yeast Fermentation

Yeast packet 

Sugar, 25 g 

Glass jar, 500 mL 

Stirring rod or spoon 

Warm water, 100 mL 

Test tubes, 2 

Small latex-free balloons; must fit securely on the test tube 

Safety goggle 


Yogurt Making

2% Milk, 240 mL (Perishable)

Food thermometer, 0-100C 

Measuring cups, up to 240 mL 

Jar with lid, 500 mL 

Saucepan, 1 L 

Plain yogurt, 200 mL (Perishable)

Safety goggles 


Kitchen towel 




Food Preservation


Baking tray 

Apples, 3 cut into thin slices (Perishable)

Cinnamon, 1 tsp 

Distilled water, 4 L 

Salt, 30 g 

Fresh dill, 1 small bunch (Perishable)

Cucumbers, 6 small (Perishable)

Large pitcher 

Ziploc bag, 1 large 

Small jar with a lid 

Berries, 2 cups (Perishable)

Ziploc bag, sandwich bag 

Sugar, 51 g 

Plastic spoon 



Safety goggles 


Unit 7: Water


Properties of Water

Cups, 4, 100 mL 

Cup or bowl, 400 mL 



Small coin 

Microscope slides 

Rubbing alcohol, 50 mL 

Water, 50 mL 

Eyedroppers, 3 



Food coloring (small bottle) 

Plastic cups, 500 mL 

Permanent marker 

Stir rods, 2 

Paper towels 

Gummy bears 

Small paper cups 

Measuring cup, 25 mL 


Safety goggles 


Rock Candy

Sugar, 600 g 


Water, 250 mL 

Heat safe jars, 500 mL 

Hot plates 

Bamboo skewers or craft sticks 

Safety goggles 




Ice Cream

Ziploc bag, 1 L 

Large Ziploc bag, 4 L 

Half and half, 125 mL (Perishable)

Sugar, 15 g 

Vanilla extract, 1 mL 


Rock salt, 90 g 

Safety goggles 


Paper cup 





Unit 8: Vitamins and Minerals



  • Paper and colored pencils or markers 


Extracting Iron from Cereal

Iron fortified cereal (1 box) 

Ziploc bag 

Safety goggles 

Strong magnet; neodymium magnets preferred 




Rates of Reaction

Alka-Seltzer tablets, 6 

Measuring cup, 100 mL 

Medium size pot 

Ziploc bag 

Large jar, 500 mL 



Vinegar, 500 mL 


Safety goggles 




Unit 9: Acids, Bases, and Soap


The pH Scale Lab

Measuring cup, 25 mL 

Tap water, 10 mL 

White vinegar, 10 mL 

Red cabbage indicator (Perishable)

Lemon juice, 10 mL 

Soapy water, 10 mL 

Salt water, 10 mL 

Cups, 4 oz. size, 8 

pH indicator paper and color key 

Seltzer water, 10 mL 

Ascorbic acid, 10 mL 


Clean Coin Challenge


Baking soda solution, 50 mL 

Lemon juice, 50 mL 

Water, 50 mL 

Unclean copper coins, 5 

Measuring cup, 100 mL  


Paper towels  

Safety goggles 

pH indicator paper and color key  



Soap Investigation

Liquid dish soap, 5 mL 

Tap water, 100 mL 

A jar with a lid 

Vegetable oil, 100 mL 

Measuring cup, 100 mL 

2 Styrofoam plates with raised edge 


Food coloring 

Whole milk, 100 mL (Perishable)

Safety goggles 





Unit 10: Polymers


Athletic Shoes

  • Pair of your athletic shoes

Bouncy Ball

Measuring spoons, 5 mL 

Warm water, 60 mL 

Cornstarch, 23 g 

Borax powder, 4.5 g 

White glue, 15 mL 

Paper cups, 2, 100 mL capacity or larger 

Craft stick or plastic spoon 

Food coloring, several drops of any color 


Safety goggles  




Recycling Code Scavenger Hunt

Assorted polymer products, items found around the house 

Recycling Code Scavenger Hunt Table (download from course) 


Skewered Balloon

Paper towel 

Bamboo skewer 

Safety goggles 

Balloons, latex-free, round shape, (when inflated, must be shorter than the bamboo skewer), 3 

Camera or phone with videotaping capability 

Vegetable oil or dishwashing soap, small amount 


Toys that Grow

Growing toy 

Bucket or large bowl 


Kitchen scale (optional) 


Toys that Grow Form 

(download from course) 


Unit 11: Light, Color, Pigments, and Paint


Chalk Paint

Colored chalk, several of 2 different colors  

Ziploc bags, sandwich size, 2  

White glue, 40 mL 


Paper, white, copy paper size 

Wooden mallet or hammer 

Craft sticks, 2 

Small paper cups, 2 

Paintbrushes, 2 

Safety goggles 



Natural Dyes

Cotton balls, 3  

Rubbing alcohol, 20 mL 

Safety goggles 

Black tea, brewed for 3–5 minutes, 10 mL 

Berries (raspberry, blackberry, or blueberry), 5 of the same type of berry (Perishable)

Paper cups, bathroom size or larger, 3 

Ziploc bags, sandwich size, 2 

Spinach, 3 or more leaves 

Paper towel 


Cotton cloth or cotton napkin, light color 

Vegetable oil, 15 mL 

Grass or leaves 

Dish detergent, 5 mL 

Baking soda, 30 g  

Paper cups, small, 15 

Spoons, 2 

Permanent marker  


Coffee, brewed, 15 mL 


Paper towels 

Lemon juice, 30 mL 

Container, 50 mL capacity or larger 

Measuring spoons 

3% Hydrogen peroxide, 30 mL 

Stains Data Table (download from course) 


Invisible Ink

Lemon juice, 10 mL 

Cotton swab 

Paper cup, small 

Safety goggles 

White copier paper or lined notebook paper 

Heat lamp, incandescent light bulb, or a hair dryer