Science for Toddler: Volcanic Eruption
Post by MamaFiza on February 21, 2008
Last Monday, my kiddies and I made “Volcano Eruption Project” *Alhamdulillah*.
In the afternoon, we produced edible play dough to make our volcano at home.
At night, we brought the creation to my grandma’s house.
These simple but fun experiments will introduce younger children to the basics of science, and at the same time they are simple and easy to prepare.
1, 2, 3: V-O-L-C-A-N-O ~
Indeed, by using everyday, household products you can teach your child some amazing things!
- Plasticine or play dough
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Vinegar (or lemon juice)
- Food coloring (red – for lava)
- Normal kitchen equipment, such as spoons
- Small bottle
Step by step guide:
- Step 1: Prepared your edible play dough together with your lil toddler.
Da pure play dough~
- Step 2: Make a volcano shape out of plasticine or play dough, or even old newspapers crushed together, with a hole in the center to allow the volcano to “erupt”.
In the making~
- Step 3: Place a small container or bottle with 2 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and a little red food coloring under the volcano.
- Step 4: Quickly add around 1/2 cup of vinegar, stand back and watch your volcano “erupt” with red foam spray out of the top and down the mountain like lava from a volcano.
Volcanic eruption! *runs*
Lava *uh oh!* ~
- Note: This one is messy, so stand the volcano on an old tea towel, or a pile of papers.
You also may watch our homemade videos about “Volcanic Eruption“.
p/s: please ignore my voice. Thank you
Why it happened (explain to your toddler):
The baking soda reacted with vinegar to produce carbon dioxide gas.
The gas built up enough pressure to push the foaming liquid out of the top of the bottle.
Lets try this project with your toddler!
May Allah swt always blessed your family. Amin~
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