Building Molecules Chemistry Activity
We moved on from talking about atoms to talking about molecules and chemical bonds. Since my kids are pretty young, this is just a basic introduction to how bonds are formed and made.
The screen shot below shows 2 of 3 pages.
We spent several days building different kinds of molecules:
On the first day we built water, oxygen, hydrogen and hydrogen peroxide:
The next day the kids built carbon dioxide, chlorine, ammonia and acetylene gas:
And on the last day they built methane gas, ethylene gas, methanol (wood alcohol), propane gas, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), vinegar and others:
We used EIN-O’s molecule kit. It doesn’t have the best reviews on Amazon, but it was just fine for our needs. It comes with double-bonds (see the red oxygen molecule above) as well as the plain single bond pieces. It is a bit confusing that there would be more than one hole on the hydrogen (white balls), but I just told the kids that was how the balls were made and they were fine with that explanation.
Again, if you’re interested in building the molecules we did you can download the worksheet I made by clicking on this link–Building Molecules Worksheet.Add a Comment
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