Mixtures and Solutions

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This activity was designed for blind learners, but all types of learners can use it to investigate heterogeneous and homogeneous mixtures and solutions, identify the differences, and explore the concepts of concentration and dilution. Learners with visual impairments as well as sighted learners will create both types of mixtures and solutions. Depending on the experience of the learners and the time available, this activity can be presented as three different activities or done sequentially. Materials can be edible, such as trail mix and powered drink mix, or nonedible, such as buttons.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • Trays
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Ingredients for trail mix such as small candies, raisins, pretzels, etc.
  • Variety of small none edible objects such as buttons
  • Powdered drink mix
  • Water
  • Spoons or stirring rods
  • Rubber gloves


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Solutions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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