How do you entertain a 4 year old on a rainy day? Make a volcano of course! We made a mini volcano and she loved it! I wish I could take full credit for this but I can’t, my new Family Fun Magazine had how to make mini volcanoes and being that it was rainy today I had to try it!
1 TBSP of Baking Soda
1 TBSP of White Vinegar
Food Coloring of Your Child’s Favorite Color
Small Clear Bowl
Measuring Cup (Liquid Measuring Cup)
Big Plate (In case if it flows over)
Put Baking Soda in bowl. Put TBSP of Vinegar in measuring cup with food coloring. Add vinegar mixture to Baking Soda and watch the magic happen.
Explanation: The baking soda reacts with the vinegar and produces a gas called carbon dioxide. This gas builds up pressure and forces the liquid out of the top.
The Princess loved it! I must admit I had fun also and tomorrow we are going to make a green volcano with daddy.
I also looked up some Volcano stuff on-line to show the Princess and help her understand what a Volcano is. She liked the actual experiment better but I think she learned something along the way. This website had great information http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/ I read the first part of the lesson to the Princess (I know I learned quite a bit about volcanoes, hopefully she did as well.) Another really neat site is from Discovery Kids http://kids.discovery.com/games/pompeii/pompeii.html