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How do you like doing experiments in science? We do like science experiments. We used simple kitchen utensils to do some science experiments. When kids are growing up, we started thinking of investing for science lab equipments. It can support our research skill activities in science.
We started collecting some science lab equipment three years ago when my eldest son was still in the fourth grade. We purchase one by one
Here are some science lab equipment suggestions for anyone to invest at home. We have purchased some of them in local chemical equipment supplier. These pictures are taken from Amazon. Although Amazon.com cannot ship to where we live, it gives us a lot of information.
- Beaker glasses
Beakers were my first investment for science lab. You can use glasses in the kitchen, but beaker give us clearer observation and measurement. There are some capacities of beakers. Just purchase ones you need.
Flasks might have similar function as beaker glasses in a way they are much bigger containers for chemical reaction. However, flasks have narrower lid so that we can shake or stir the liquid without stirring rod.
- Graduated cylinder tube
Graduated cylinder tubes have much more accurate measuring scales printed on the wall. It is not used for reaction process, but it is usually used for measuring liquids. There is a time we use them for measuring the volume of small objects.
- Glass Stirring Rod
You might be thinking why we should have this stirring rods. Are spoons enough for us to stir the liquid? Spoons are usually made out of metal which can give different reaction. Some spoons are conductors that can be easily getting hot. Glass are relatively safe and neutral. Therefore, we cannot avoid them. Purchasing might not be enough as we sometimes need to make different solutions.
- Safety goggles
This pair of safety goggles are my children's favourites since they feel handsome by wearing them during the experiments. Well, they are not for showing off, but they are important for keeping eyes and the area round safe from any splash of liquid or other substances. Even when the material used are not dangerous.
Gloves are used for safety. I can say that it is crucial for using gloves when we use some dangerous substance, such as Hydrogen Peroxide. It can harm your body, especially your hands when you touch it without safety gloves.
Magnets will be very fun tools for doing some experiments, especially in physics. There are some kinds of magnets with different strengths.
There are ranges of thermometer available. We have a couple that can measure the temperature in the liquid reactions.
- Microscope and slides
There are some kinds of microscopes available. Choose based on what you need. Purchasing slides can give you more resources to observe.
- Magnifying glass
Magnifying glasses are very useful for some experiments in all science fields, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.
- Test tubes and rack
Test tubes and rack are used to do some liquid reaction. Some test tubes are available on hot fire, but some of them just have limited temperature resistance.
- Mortar and Pestile
We haven't had this equipments. They are made out ceramics to crash and mix solid substances.
- Measurement scales
We use kitchen measurement scale, but a more accurate scale is needed in certain experiments.
Counting the time of burning and any reaction sometimes can be very crucial and sensitive for the result or product.
- Stove or burner with square wire plate tripod
There are a lot of options for burners. We don't have special burners, but we only used stove and wire plates.
Tongs are used for holding too hot or too cold things.
Pipettes are used to drop liquid toward certain containers in less amount of drop more precisely.
- Measuring cups and spoons
These are the most important sets we need to have for doing the science lab experiments. Make sure you check the number of the pieces as they can get lost easily.
Funnel is used to pouring something inside a small bottle or storage mouths so that it is not going to spoil. The chemical substances are sometimes dangerous when they are spoiled on something.
- Dissecting Set
This set is used to do a surgery towards animals in the more advanced biology experiments.
- Molecule Model
It is used to help children learning the organic chemistry. Kids love it a lot since it is really “hands on”.
- Physics mechanics equipments
I really wish that we had a complete sets of physics mechanics equipments. We just purchase according to our needs separately. You might check the picture.
Adelien Tan is a mother of three awesome boys and a wife of a great husband. They are a home education family who live in Surabaya, Indonesia, where home education is still very rare. English is her foreign language, but She tries to use it in blogging.