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Storytime DIY: Junk Drawer Chemistry

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Are you ready to get your hands [safely!] dirty? Honorary children's librarians (that's YOU!): get ready for Storytime: DIY. This do-it-yourself afternoon is a great way to make a book come to life with hands-on crafts, cooking, science and more. Made for kids age 5-12, but good for kids of all ages and kids at heart.

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Have a blast!  

Storytime DIY: Junk Drawer Chemistrywoman holding pennies



Today's guide is Junk Drawer Chemistry: 50 Awesome Experiments that Don't Cost a Thing by Bobby Mercer.

There’s no need for expensive, high-tech lab equipment to conduct chemistry experiments—you probably have all you need in your home junk drawer. cornstarch and water to make Non-Newtonian Goo, create edible Sweet Crystals from a saturated sugar solution, or construct your own Three-Penny Battery from galvanized washers, pennies, vinegar, and scrap cardboard. Here are more than 50 great hands-on experiments that can be performed for just pennies . . . or less. Click the book cover to read this great book:

Junk Drawer Chemistry by Bobby Mercer



See science everywhere – start asking questions like "What would happen if …?" in everyday conversation.

Before doing one of the activities, ask children to predict what they think will happen. Compare their answers to what actually happens.



Do an experiment from the book.

Let us know how it went! Feel free to share pictures or results with us at or tag us (@jaxlibrary) in a social media post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.



Create a Scientific Journall

Write prompts or questions at the top of each page, such as "Count, describe and draw the number of different flowers in the backyard."

Remember to keep pages for the experiments you will do together.



Liquid, Solid, Gas

Practice being solid (standing still), being a liquid (swaying languidly back and forth), gas (move quickly).

Have children around the room. Call out one of the states of matter (solid, liquid, or gas).

Child must make the correct movement. If they do not, they must complete a penalty (such as 5 jumping jacks).



More DIY science books and science experiments you can do at home:

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Jacksonville Public Library