Struggling with Holiday Activities For Kids – Make This Cool Erupting Volcano

Struggling for things to keep the kids active with this week? Try out this throwback post 👍🏻

Day 4 of the Easter school holidays has drawn to a close. This morning we went to a beautiful park, the children had a fabulous play and we all enjoyed a wonderful walk.

Crazily, I’d left the bottles of water and fruit in the car and by then we were too far gone. One decaf coffee, two soft drinks and two cupcakes later I’d managed to spend £15! It’s so easy to go off piste if you aren’t careful. Now, I’m no angel. I’m trying to change my ways. I was once told by a friend that I’m the only person they’ve ever met who sets up a tab at soft play. That says quite a lot about me. Like I said, I’m trying to improve!  I know it’s unnecessary.

So, after the park we carried out a few Scientific experiments! They were so cool!

The first experiment we did, was an erupting Volcano.

Here’s what we used:

A small plastic bottle

Tray

Water

Measuring jug

Food dye

Washing up liquid

Tin foil

Funnel

Bicarbonate of soda

Vinegar

We folded the foil in half and cut a small hole in it (big enough for the bottle neck) the we wrapped the bottle up and placed a few dinosaurs around, oh and some moss. Just for effect!

Next up, we filled the jug with 300ml of warm water and then added two heaped table spoons of bicarbonate Soda. We gave it a good stir.

We then added a spoonful of dye and a spoonful of washing up liquid.

We again stirred it well and then poured it into the foil wrapped bottle. About two thirds full.

Next, we added 100ml of vinegar…and stood back…

The eruption took place!

After much cooing, my two wanted to do it again. So we did, but changed the set up slightly so we could appreciate the colours more.

Not a bad way to teach your children a few scientific facts (we talked through the why!).

We had so much fun!! We also made clouds and a Tornado in a glass – but we were far too absorbed to take pictures!!  I’ll post the details, though, if you are interested!

Give it a go guys – lovely (free) fun 👍🏻

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