Another Way to Cook Up Some Entertaining Science
Volcanoes are formed when magma, which builds up below the earth’s surface erupts. The largest volcano on the earth is Mauna Loa, located in Hawaii. Together create a volcano-like eruption right in your kitchen using everyday ingredients.
- Invite the children to mold clay into a volcano shape around a wide-mouth can. Place this clay volcano on the piece of wood (about 12-inch by 12-inch). This will allow you to move the volcano anywhere in the room.
- First, place ¼ cup baking soda into the cup (volcano opening).
- Then mix together ¼ cup vinegar, ½ cup water, and ¼ cup dish washing liquid in a plastic bottle. To make the eruption look like real magma, add red food coloring.
- Slowly and carefully, pour the liquid into the volcano opening.
- Watch what happens!
Children learn by doing, so plan some fun experiments at home to entertain and teach the kids about science. Here are a few resources that will help parents prepare for these projects with easy-to-follow instructions.
Science Made Simple
Kids Science Experiments
Zoom: Activities From the Show
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Tania Cowling is a former teacher, author, and mother. She resides in south Florida. Visit this author’s website: www.taniacowling.com