Today, we are learning about 🌋volcanoes and the science behind its eruption, by conduction a volcano eruption experiment: both 🏡indoors or ☃️outdoors!
First, we learned about volcanoes by reading Flip The Flaps: Planet Earth book (buy here). Children loved how the flaps open while revealing interesting facts such as "Are there volcanoes under the ocean?"
Julia then matched the 3-Part cards and referenced a volcano she sketched a year ago.
We then read Science Kids: Planet Earth book (see here), which outlined the steps of how to make the volcano erupt. The book suggested using play-dough to build a volcano. We, on the other hand, are using fresh❄️snow due to its current🌨abundance.
- a small bottle ~ we are using two vases from a flower arranging activity (buy here),
- baking soda,
- a funnel for pouring baking soda into the vases and a little straw to push the baking soda through the funnel,
- food coloring, liquid watercolors, or any other coloring you might have (we are using red, orange, and yellow coloring to replicate the color of lava),
- *and, of course, "snow"~ grab some ❄️fresh snow from the outside (if you have 🌨some) or, if it is warm and🌞sunny by you, buy some instant snow here, finally 🙌🏻 make snow by mixing 3 cups of white hair conditioner and 1/2 cup of baking soda.
To form a volcano, children packed snow up and around their vases.
Children then added baking soda to their vases (1/2 full).
Adrian added few drops of red coloring to the vase which now acts as a volcano's core.
He then poured vinegar to the vase, which has baking soda in it, igniting the chemical process.
An erupting snow volcano in action!
Julia wanted to add yellow color to give lava its glowing orange hue.
Pouring more vinegar.
Witnessing glowing-orange erupting lava!
Julia and Adrian loved seeing the fizz and touching"lava" without being burned.
Making a snow volcano is such a fun way to play with ❄️snow while exploring the magic of science. Children kept making their volcanoes erupt over and over using different colors by adding more vinegar! It was a true hands-on invitation to explore science!
Children liked this 🏡 indoors❄️snow 🌋 volcano eruption so much that they decided to bring our volcano experiment outdoors!
Follow the same steps to make a volcanic eruption outside.
I have written in details about the baking soda-vinegar reaction in a video-post "🌋 Erupting Volcano Science Experiment 🔬 💡⚖️ 101 🎥 Series 🎇" ~ read here ."