Mixtures & Solutions Lesson for Kids: Definitions & Examples

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  • 0:03 What Is a Mixture?
  • 0:46 Mixture Examples
  • 1:31 What Is a Solution?
  • 2:02 Solution Examples
  • 2:49 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

Mixtures and solutions are all over the place, you just have to know what you are looking for to find them. Learn how to define mixture and solution, as well as identify real-world examples of both.

What Is a Mixture?

Scientists who study chemistry, better known as as chemists, spend a great part of their day mixing things. In fact, many people of different ages, backgrounds, and jobs mix things together at some point during their day. For example, we may mix things while in the kitchen, while working outside, or while doing arts and crafts. However, the end result is not always considered a mixture. A mixture is when two or more substances are combined, but each substance keeps its physical properties, which is a characteristic that can be measured or observed. Mixtures do not have a chemical reaction, such as dissolving or burning. Furthermore, a mixture can be reversed, or separated, after being combined.

Mixture Examples

Let's start with a mixture you might see in a kitchen. Think about how you prepare a salad. You chop up the lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and maybe you throw in a crouton or two. You put them in a bowl and toss. Did anything about the ingredients change? No. Could you separate the salad back into its individual parts? Yes, you could do this easily. A salad is an example of a mixture.

It isn't always easy to separate a mixture, but just because something is difficult doesn't mean that it is impossible. Let's move from the kitchen to the great outdoors. Soil is an example of a mixture. It has many different substances, such as dirt, gravel, and sand. While it would not be an easy task to separate the substances, it could be done using a filter or strainer.

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