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Science Experiments for Kids: Apple Oxidation Experiment

Team StoryWeavers|May 23, 2023, 10:20 IST|

One of the best ways to get anyone, let alone children, interested in science is through experiments. It is because they are interactive, often have observable changes and are overall super fun! That is why, in this series, we will cover simple science experiments for kids. As our very first experiment, we will work with apple slices and a variety of things that we can find in the kitchen, like honey, lemon juice and so on. So, let’s get started with the apple oxidation experiment. 

Things you need: 

  • Apple
  • Containers
  • Oil
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Honey
  • Lemon juice 
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Label
  • Sketch pen
  • Brushes

Procedure for the apple oxidation experiment:

  • Step 1: Slice the apple. Keep six thin slices for the experiment and eat the rest. Ask your parents to help with the cutting. 
  • Step 2: Keep one slice in each container. Label the container: Oil, vinegar, water, honey, lemon juice, petroleum jelly and air.   
  • Step 3: Brush the slice of apple with the contents of the container. If the container says oil, brush the apple slice with oil. 
  • Step 4: Wash the brush between uses or simply use different brushes. 
  • Step 5: Keep the apple slice in the container that says ‘Applied Nothing’ as is. 
  • Step 6: Step away from the containers for a few hours. 

Thinking questions:

  • Do all the apple slices look the same?
  • Which apple slice looks the freshest?
  • Do you think it would be the same if you used potato slices instead of apple slices?

Did you enjoy doing this experiment? Did you learn anything new? Let us know in the comments below. 

Disclaimer: These are meant for preschool children and hence we have avoided getting into the details of the experiment. The idea is to make it fun and make children think.

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“Me-kha-la!” That happens at least once when she introduces herself to new people. She wholeheartedly believes in the quote by Arthur Rubinstein that says – “if you love life, life will love you back”. She is an organizational psychologist and psychometrician. She was a class teacher of 36 adorable girls for two years, grades 2 & 3, as a part of the Teach For India Fellowship. These little girls have a special place in her heart, and when she writes for children, she writes for them!

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