Thursday, October 13, 2011

Erupting with Fun


J really liked making spooky potions.  This is another way to modify the activity.  We used Play Dough, but there are a million ways to make a volcano.  Any I bet you have play dough on hand…

PS.  Be prepared to toss the play dough after the eruption.  It was gooey.

We started with a cup of baking soda.  I used an old applesauce up because I wanted to be able to toss this when we finished.  I also attempted to protect our little table from a huge mess by placing our cup on a piece of cardboard (from a diaper box), but it didn’t make that big of a difference.IMG_4544

J added his red food coloring.  We discussed lava, and I showed him a clip of a volcano erupting from YouTube.  Just make sure it won’t scare your little scientist…IMG_4545 IMG_4546

We built our volcano around our cup of baking soda.  J squirted the vinegar into the volcano, and boom!  We had our eruption.  You can always add more baking soda to prolong the volcano’s life.

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Here’s our sticky volcano after our experiment!  Good times.

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