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Kids in the Kitchen: Red Cabbage Chemistry

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With homeschool, we get to try some fun science experiments and they normally center around the kitchen. Little Man’s Science is ALL experiments. I was supposed to do this lesson 3 weeks ago, but I didn’t read ahead to see I needed red cabbage and then we hadn’t been to the store in the past two weeks, so it didn’t get done until today.

Red Cabbage Chemistry #KITK #Homeschool #Science

Kids in the Kitchen: Red Cabbage Chemistry
  • ½ red cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ lemon (or lemon or lime juice)
  • 3 white bowls
  1. Boil your half cabbage until water turns blue.
  2. Pour water into 3 separate bowls.
  3. In one bowl add your juice and see what happens.
  4. In another bowl add your baking powder. (Watch, because it will foam up!)

The directions in Little Man’s book said that the water from the red cabbage would turn purple. Ours turned blue. It also said when you add the baking powder that it would turn green, but it turned a cloudy blue. The red worked for us, though.

What You’ll Learn:

All things are made up of chemicals,, whether they are solids, liquids, or gases. When one chemical is mixed with another, often there is a reaction, or change.


Come join my co-hosts, Melinda of LookWhatMomFoundSarah of Play to Learn with SarahKate of Busy Bee KateJeannette of EcoIncognito and Sara at Sensibly Sara, each week linking up a post, new or old, that feature the theme Kids in the Kitchen. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way.

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About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a “baby “chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she’s still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She’s since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    My kids would LOVE that. They love experiments like this.

  2. That sounds like a cool experiment. My son loves science.
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  3. Lisa Bristol says:

    This is a great experiment to do with the kids. I am always looking for fun teaching moments. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Any experiment where we can make something foam up is right up our alley!
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  5. This looks like so much fun! I loved experiments in the kitchen when I was younger!
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  6. This is so neat. My son loves science and will really enjoy this. Thanks!
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  7. My kids would love this.
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  8. This is great! As a homeschool mom I love this! I so need to do this with my kids!
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  9. I followed your board!! This is so fun. I cant wait to do some with my son! We call them “foodtivities”.

  10. Looks like fun, my kids would love to try this. thanks for the idea!
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  11. Jenna M Wood says:

    How fun, my kids love hands on science like this! We are always looking for ways to illustrate things in color!

  12. This is a great experiment. I used to love to try different experiments with the kids when they were younger.

  13. That’s pretty stinkin’ cool! I remember those kinds of experiments were a favorite of mine in school.
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  14. This is so awesome!! I love active things for kids like this.
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  15. It must have been so much fun for the kids. What a clever idea.
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  16. What a cool experiment! My kids would LOVE to try this!
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  17. Very cool. Kids are going to love this.
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  18. This seems like such a fun experiment! My daughter is really into science now, and I am sure she would love doing this.
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  19. What a cool experiment! I love posts like this that are educational and fun. Thanks for sharing!
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  20. This is a fun experiment to do. It’s almost time for my 2nd grader to think about what she wants to do for her science project.
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  21. My kids love science related experiments like this, awesome way to learn. Very fun!