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.
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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.
You might also be interested in these posts from our chemistry unit:
- The Size of Atoms
- States of Matter: Solid, Liquid, Gas Activities
- Molecule Movement Activity – Chemistry Review Worksheet
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