Monday, April 21, 2014

Craft Time: Make Your Own Volcano

My daughter brought home a nifty mini volcano from school the other day.  They were working on the letter "V" and crafted some homemade volcanoes in class.  She brought home a ziplock bag with instructions and we made her volcano erupt that very afternoon as all my kids watched in amazement.  The project worked so well, and it has so many possibilities...

School project.  Science fair.  Home on a rainy afternoon.  Bored on a hot summer day.  Home Schooling Science.  Playdate entertainment.  

You get the idea.

I love these volcanoes because they don't take much from around the house and the kids can help easily.

You'll need a small container to start your volcano, think shot glass size.  Anything you can throw out or clean works just fine.  You know those small plastic containers with lids for a side of dressing?  Those will work too.

If you desire, grab some clay from the craft store or just use dirt/mud from outside.

Sculpt your volcano using the mud/clay/etc.

Place on a plate, and help your kids add one tablespoon of baking soda to the inside of each volcano.

Add a few drops of red food coloring.

Finally, give your kids a small glass of vinegar and tell them to pour it inside their volcano...and it "erupts!"

Obviously you can be extra crafty and make bigger more elaborate volcanoes or just use the container and an imagination.  The choice is yours.

Have a fab Monday!

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