We're challenging kids to mix it up this winter break by exploring the world of chemistry! From December 19 to January 9, be a chemist by cooking with an adult, making your own bubble solution or trying one of the experiments below.
To complete the challenge:
- Read (book, magazine or website) for 20 minutes a day for at least five days.
- Discover and Create by doing at least one of the activities below and telling us about it.
Check out our recommended reads.
Junk Drawer Chemistry: Complex chemistry concepts are broken down into 50 easy-to-do experiments you can try with everyday items.
Crazy Concoctions: With a little unwanted help from Dr. Viskus Fickleschmutz, you too can become a mad scientist and make a truly maniacal mess.
Discover and Create
- Make your own lava lamp with a plastic bottle, water, oil, food coloring and fizzing tablets.
- Build a volcano and use household ingredients to make it erupt.
- Ever wonder why apples turn brown when they're cut? Try this simple oxidation experiment to find out.
- Find out what pigments are in black markers.
- Attend one of our Mix It Up with Mad Science events.
- Experiment with soap, water and sugar to make your own bubble solution.
- What would an elephant brush his teeth with? Elephant toothpaste of course!
- Learn all about "non-Newtonian" liquids by making some oobleck—is it a solid or a liquid?
- Amaze your friends and family with this magic ice experiment.
- Looking for a tasty chemical reaction? Try a recipe in one of these cookbooks for kids.
The Winter Learning Challenge is made possible through the Chicago Public Library Foundation.