Did you know you can make ice cream in a resealable plastic bag, make your own candy geode, and bake hygroscopic cookies without any special equipment? Give curious minds at home a boost with these delicious experiments that’ll add a dash of excitement to your table and bring a whole new meaning to phrase “brain food.” Flip through the slideshow to see them all.

Test Grape Juice

If you didn’t know grape juice was an indicator before, you will after walking your sidekick through this experiment found on education.com. Simply mix up some juice, add in a few extras and watch what happens. It’s a juicy revelation!

Brain Boost Factor: Recognizing acids and bases is the name of this color-changing game.

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

Have you tried any of these experiments with the kids? What did they think? Tell us about it in a comment.

— Allison Sutcliffe