Activities Contributed by ACS members

The following hands-on activities and resources have been tested in the classroom and optimized for safety, student interest, and ease of use.

  • Bruno the Elephant’s Toothpaste
    Contributed by the Elizabethtown College Student Chapter

    Add yeast to hydrogen peroxide and detergent to make dramatic foam and teach about catalysts.
  • Chemistry is More Than Just Hot Air!
    Contributed by the Northwestern State University Student Chapter

    Combine baking soda and vinegar to an indicator solution to teach about the products of chemical reactions.
  • The Chemistry Name Game
    Contributed by Butane: The Carroll College Chemistry Club

    Play a chemistry card game to teach students how to name chemical compounds and write chemical formulas.
  • Lava Lamp
    Contributed by the Chi Epsilon Mu (XEM) Chemistry Club at Austin Peay State University

    Use oil, water, and the gas released from an Alka-Seltzer tablet to create a lava lamp and teach about density.
  • Metal Ligand
    Contributed by the Chemistry Student Association at The University of Texas at Dallas

    Spray ammonia-based glass cleaner into different samples of sand (mixed with a transition metal salt) to show how chemical properties can be used to help solve crimes.

Share an Activity

Do you have a favorite hands-on activity that you use to teach students about the wonders of science? Other chemists and Student Members want to find out about it! Please contribute your activity to the Kids & Chemistry collection. Contact Patti Galvan to include your activity here.

Make Your Own Activity Kit

If you wish to make your own kit, use the following information. A list of materials can be found at the end of the presenter's guide.

Jiggle Gels

Best for grades 3–5

Measure with purpose and cause exciting physical changes as you investigate the baby diaper polymer, place a super-absorbing dinosaur toy in water, and make slime.

What’s New, CO2?

Best for grades 4–6

Combine chemicals and explore the invisible gas produced to discover how self-inflating balloons work.

Chemistry’s Rainbow

Best for grades 5–8

Interpret color changes like a scientist as you create acid and base solutions, neutralize them, and observe a colorful chemical reaction.