Colorful Chemistry

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Chemistry colors your world! Visit these links and explore the ways that it does. It could be the rainbow glow of lightsticks. It could be how tattoo artists create their colorful effects. It could be how a chameleon changes its skin color. It could be using food materials to dye eggs. All these and more!

  • The Flame Test

    Metals and salts add their own rainbow to a flame. This version makes it safer.

  • Chemistry's Rainbow

    It starts with a colorful demo, then moves into hands-on as students neutralize acids and bases.

  • The Blue Bottle

    First blue, then… what color will it turn?

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  • Rainbow Connection
    These acid­–base indicators take you on trip across the rainbow.
  • Color Changing Flower
    Can’t decide whether you prefer white or pink flowers? You can have both with this color change demo!
  • Opening Day Signs
    This colorful demo could kick off your school year. Show that chemistry can be a chemystery, and not chemisery.

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  • Reaction in a Bag
    Mix it up and observe the colors it reveals. Then find out why.
  • Bubbling Lava Lamp
    You won’t be able to take your eyes off these bubbling bursts of color. Make your own homemade “lava lamp” using household materials.
  • Ada Twist's Color Changing Lemonade Lab

    Butterfly pea flower tea takes this lemonade recipe to the next level.

  • Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
    Link the suspenseful tale (based on a true story!) from the children’s book Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie with the colorful glow of lightsticks.
  • Afterimages
    Ah, a lovely image of the American flag—yellow, blue and black. What? Find out how your eyes can turn them into red, white, and blue.
  • Dyeing Yarn with Kool-Aid
    An icy-cold glass of Kool-Aid can quench your thirst. But did you know you can also use the powder to color wool yarn? Mix up a batch!
  • Natural Easter Egg Dyes
    Shopping list: cranberry juice, beets, carrot tops. Ingredients for a wacky dish? Nope. Just a way to add pizzazz to white hard-boiled eggs.
  • Revealing UV with Color Changing Beads
    SPF 100+? SPF 80? Do they make that much of a difference beyond, say, SPF 50? Investigate with color changing beads!

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(all sites accessed May 2021)