Festive chemistry

However you celebrate the festive season, try these activities, experiments and resources to inspire your students and provide end-of-term lessons to remember!

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Festive chemistry

However you celebrate the festive season, try these activities, experiments and resources to inspire your students and provide end-of-term lessons to remember!

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Christmas, community and chemistrees

Deck the labs with boughs of glassware and celebrate a community of chemists

Light up your classroom

Try these illuminating experiments and demonstrations with candles and oils

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When life gives you lemons (or oranges)

Teach your students about volatile organic compounds with these juicy demonstrations

Chip pan fire demonstration

A flash in the pan

The chip pan fire demonstration

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The chemistry of candles

Learn about the chemistry behind candles and how they work in this article from ‘Avogadro’s lab’, including a test to try at home with safety instructions.

A close-up photograph of two candles burning against a colourful red-orange background

Candle burning

An investigation into how the length of a candle affects the length of time the candle burns.

Experimenting on ice

From state changes and thermodynamics to crystal formation, explore the science of ice with your students

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Chemistry at Christmas

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Teaching resources and articles exploring the spectacular chemistry behind fireworks, featuring experiments and demonstrations, worksheets, activities and more.