Invent your own science experiment

j0436920Have you ever tried to make a volcano erupt?  We had a Volcano kit that contained  directions to make a volcano erupt, er, rather– bubble up.

After learning the basic directions, my kids preferred to mix their own concoctions using the same principals – baking soda, vinegar and water. Here’s their basic plan.  It occupies hours of time.  (Warning, it did kill the grass.  Probably better to do it over dirt.)

  1. Wear safety goggles or hip sunglasses.
  2. Go outside.
  3. Start with an empty bucket or bowl.
  4. Add some fun natural elements – sticks, rocks, leaves.  (These have nothing to do with the bubbling but seem really cool to add.)
  5. Add water, a few spoons of baking soda, two squirts of dish soap, and around a half cup of vinegar. One time we added tissue paper to help it activate.
  6. Observe.  Record every detail in your science notebook.

**I am not a scientist.  I only know this simple experiment.  Adding other substances together can be dangerous so please don’t add to this mixture!  I want everyone to stay safe.

Watch this Quirkles YouTube Volcano Science Experiment.

Visit one of my favorite blogs, No Time for Flash Cards for a craft, a volcanic eruption and a Volcano book.

Finally, read this great homeschooling resource on volcanoes,  a volcanic eruption experiment and more.