This is a homeschool mother's wish come true because, for some of us, chemistry is not the easiest subject to teach. This DVD, for students in grades K-8th, contains ten simple experiments using household products. The experiments covered concepts such as: the pH scale, carbon dioxide, photosynthesis, surface tension, chemical reactions, density, polymers, molecules, atoms, boiling point, vacuum, and more. The Chemist, Derek Crawford, is witty and explains the experiment in a way that will keep the kids engaged in the lesson. While doing the experiments Derek adds historical facts about the lesson. For example, while learning about Carbon Dioxide, Derek tells about the Montgalier Brothers and their hot air balloon. The brothers sent several animals flying (who were not harmed). This story corresponds with the experiment because you inflate a balloon with carbon dioxide.
The experiments are short and afterwards your child can play "Put Professor Red Cabbage Back Together" to re-enforce the techniques they just learned. Professor Red Cabbage has been taken apart by Derek's Niece and you must answer the questions correctly to put him together. If one question is answered incorrectly then Mr. Cabbage is doomed! The game is fun and adds positive re-enforcement, which is always great!
My children fully enjoyed watching and doing these experiments and the loved the game. I love that this puts all the information together into one place and makes doing chemistry easy for me too! The supplies needed are found around the house. This is a great resource to add to your science lessons and a nice addition to your library.
The Kitchen Chemistry website contains a sample experiment that you can view. It also contains more information about the DVD, other reviews, and more information about Derek.