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8 Recipes for Disaster

mad scientist projects for kids

Every kid has a little mad scientist hiding inside of them, and nothing is more fun than spending a little time dreaming up mixtures that bubble and steam and overflow! Here are 10 crazy concoctions you can whip up at home to satisfy their need to explore and create.

  • Mad Scientist Potion 1 of 8
    Mad Scientist Potion
    Even apple juice becomes sinister with the magic of dry ice. It's not as hard to get as you might think most major grocery stores carry dry ice.
    Visit our best bites for the recipe
  • Invisible Ink 2 of 8
    Invisible Ink
    You have to keep a tight lid on your clandestine plans. Write secret messages to your lab partner with this lemon juice-based recipe for invisible ink.
    Visit mini-ecofor the recipe
  • Ice Tunnels 3 of 8
    Ice Tunnels
    Combine ordinary salt, ice, and liquid watercolor to create mesmerizing ice tunnels. Use on a bright sunny day for best results!
    Visit art and creativity for the recipe
  • Storm In A Cup 4 of 8
    Storm In A Cup
    Hold the perfect storm in the palm of your hand! Your child will learn a few scientific principles from this experiment as well.
    Visit for the recipe
  • Crystal Egg Geodes 5 of 8
    Crystal Egg Geodes
    See the crystallization process at work with these amazing egg geodes. Add the glow water pictured in this slideshow for an super cool special effect!
    Visit Martha Stewart for the recipe
  • Glow Water 6 of 8
    Glow Water
    Use a simple yellow highlighter to create your own glow-in-the-dark potion. A must for all junior mad scientists!
    Visit Play at Home Mom for the recipe
  • Blow It Up! 7 of 8
    Blow It Up!
    Create your own gas and watch it inflate a balloon! All you need is a little baking soda and some vinegar.
    Visit Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas for the recipe
  • Elephant Toothpaste 8 of 8
    Elephant Toothpaste
    Explore reactions with this super cool experiment. Much cooler than the standard baking soda volcano!
    Visit Preschool Powol Packets for the recipe



What’s the coolest science experiment you’ve performed with your kids? Please share!


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