With the future of the school year up in the air, parents are looking for more ways to keep their kids occupied—and learning—at home. The kitchen is a great place for doing both. Here are a dozen of our favorite activities and experiments for keeping kids busy in the kitchen—and they might just learn something, too.
DIY food coloring
Using a blender and fresh or freeze-dried produce, kids can make flavorful food coloring to use in drinks, doughs, frostings, and more.
Kids make a “magic” potion with red cabbage that can be used to test the pH of various liquids (or make psychedelic-colored lemonade).
Regenerated food scraps
Carrots, avocado pits, garlic, scallions, lettuce, herbs, and more can be brought back to life in a bowl of water.
Teach kids about the miracle of these tiny organisms by using them to blow up balloons.
There are millions of tutorials on homemade slime, but few smell as good (and are as nontoxic) as this chocolate slime made with cornstarch, cocoa powder, and coconut milk.
Watch the magic of “snap freezing” — that is, instantly turning water into ice — using a bottle of purified water.
Toddlers love squishing and squeezing this homemade play dough made from just two ingredients: flour and vegetable oil.
Use up surplus spices to teach kids the ancient art of dyeing fabric with natural ingredients.