Lab Supplies for Experience Chemistry

For any family looking for a robust chemistry course, hands-on lab assignments are a must—and this involves purchasing supplies.

While most students’ favorite part of chemistry is the labs, it’s not essential that students complete all of the labs. We recommend parents have students complete a minimum of the first lab plus 14 more labs (a total of 15 labs).

Where to Buy Supplies?

1. Purchase the Experience Chemistry Custom Lab Kit:

Cornerstone Educational Supplies has created a lab kit for those who would like to complete all of the labs. We recommend students complete 15 of the 26 labs in the lab book that accompany this course. However, if you would like to do all or most of the labs, this is the most economical way to purchase the specialty lab supplies.

2. Purchase supplies a la carte:

Most families won’t complete all of the labs. For those who will be picking and choosing which labs or want to purchase just a few supplies at a time, use the links in the list below to purchase items a la carte from Home Science Tools. 

Lab Supplies on a Budget

We understand the budget constraints of many homeschoolers — purchasing curriculum and supplies often for multiple children can be pricey! We recommend your students plan to watch all of the lab videos and complete at least 15 labs for high school credit. So how can you make this work on a tight budget?

First, we’d recommend you choose the labs to complete that only require easily obtainable lab supplies and supplies you can probably find around your house (such as the lab for lesson 5).

We also provide supplemental lab demonstration videos to go along with some of the labs in this course — particularly labs that require a number of chemicals that may be cost prohibitive for some families to purchase (such as lesson 6 and 7’s lab). While we consider this a distant second best to your students completing the labs themselves, we want to give an option to families who want to have their students participate in these labs and write the lab reports but are not able to obtain the necessary supplies.

Canadian Families

Please see this page for a special note on sourcing lab supplies. 

Lab Supplies Listed by Lesson

Below is a list of lab supplies needed for each lesson. Alternatively, you can see the complete list of special lab supplies that will need to be ordered from a supplier and household supplies here.

Lesson 1: Reaction in a Bag, Part 1

Lesson 2: Conversion Olympics
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Meter stick or measuring tape
  • An area to kick and throw a ball
  • Ball
  • Water balloons
  • Frisbee
  • Chalk
  • Timer

Lesson 3: Accuracy & Precision in Experiments

Lesson 4: Reaction in a Bag, Part 2

Lesson 5: Separation Experiment
  • 12 cups water
  • 6 clear glasses or Mason jars
  • Pot
  • Funnel
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 6 tablespoons rosemary
  • 6 tablespoons salt
  • 6 tablespoons sand
  • 6 tablespoons sugar

Lesson 6: Metal Reactivity Test

Lesson 7: Colorful Flames & Excited Electrons
Lesson 8: Exam 1 (NO LAB)

Lesson 9: Exploring the Shapes of Molecules
  • Molecular model kit that includes a minimum of 3 oxygen, 4 halogen, 1 carbon, 3 hydrogen, 1 phosphorus, 1 nitrogen, 4 links for single bonds, and 4 links for double bonds
Lesson 10: Mole ID
Lesson 11: NO LAB
Lesson 12: Empirical Formulas
Lesson 13: Balancing Equations
  • Colored pencils
  • M&Ms— five colors, 20 of each color

Lesson 14: Types of Chemical Reactions
Lesson 15: Exam 2 (NO LAB)
Lesson 16: Mass Relationships in Chemical Reactions Lab  

Lesson 17: NO LAB


Lesson 18: Changes of State of Water

  • Source of heat (stovetop)
  • Thermometer
  • Plastic container
  • Pot
  • Water


Lesson 19: Gases, Temperature, and Pressure Lab

Lesson 20: Airbag Stoichiometry 

Lesson 21: No Lab

Lesson 22: Solubility

Lesson 23: Properties of Acids & Bases

Lesson 24: Micro-Titration

Lesson 25: Exam 3 (No Lab)

Lesson 26: Temperature and Reactions

  • 3 test tubes
  • 3 beakers or small glass dishes test tubes can stand up in
  • 3 g active dry yeast
  • 3 g sugar
  • 3 latex balloons
  • Water
  • Ice

Lesson 27: Entropy

  • Dominoes or playing cards


Lesson 28: Effect of a Catalyst on Reaction Rates

Lesson 29: Exploring Equilibrium with Straws

Lesson 30: No Lab

Lesson 31: Exploring Redox Reductions

Lesson 32: Electrochemistry

Lesson 33: No Lab

Lesson 34: Isotopes Half-Lives

  • 100 M&Ms
    (Alternatively 100 puzzle pieces, 100 pennies, or 100 of any small object that has two distinct sides)
  • Cup, Ziploc bag, or any container to fit the M&Ms
  • Table or flat surface

Lesson 35: Exam 4 (No Lab)





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