Saturday, June 26, 2010

Making volcanoes

Several weeks ago we were immersed in playing with dinosaurs and the topic of volcanoes inevitably came up. So we decided to invite a few intrepid friends over and make our own volcanoes. This is a fantastic BOY project. I highly recommend it and give it 2 thumbs up for excitement potential.

Here's how we made ours:

First, the boys weighed down their paper plates with rocks since it was a very windy day. !!
Then, they taped Dixie cups into the center of each plate.
Here's our friend LD demonstrating the next few steps which, happily for the boys, involved stabbing with scissors. But it gets better.
Here, LD and his mom covered up the cup and plate with tin foil to make a mountain-y shape. Then you poke a hole through the foil just over the cup and kind of bend the edges down around the lip of the cup so that the lava can flow out and down the sides of the mountain.
Next, you dump a few scoops of baking soda into the cup and add a drop or two of red food coloring for added drama.

Finally, pour in a bunch of vinegar and stand back!

I love this picture because O Boy was so excited by Mr. T's eruption that I caught him jumping up and down when I snapped the picture.

The great thing about this project is that your volcano will just keep erupting and erupting if you keep adding vinegar and keep the chemical reaction going.
You can see that even the babies thought this was pretty fun. The Little Sweetie took a break from some serious playing in the sawdust to watch the action. She is such a younger sister of boys: pink shirt, flouncy skirt...and barefoot, covered in sawdust!
I love the Little Sweetie's baby belly in this shot. She's still so little!
And it was just as fun to try and fit almost everyone in the playhouse afterwards!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love that expression...