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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Volcano Fun!

We are also started Ten Terrific Weeks of Dinosaurs and the beginning of the unit coincided perfectly with our Hawaii Study and Japan lesson– Volcanoes!!
I’ve had this science kit on hand for almost a year now, and realized it had some volcano activities in it, and thought it would be a great time to pull it out.  Certainly, making our own volcano would have been easy enough from scratch, but this kit claimed to have a ‘color changing volcano’ and an ‘underwater volcano’, so why not?  It has been collecting dust for a year after all.


Honestly, the kit was nothing spectacular, it was filled with a bunch of household items I already had on hand, and a few that I didn’t.  But it was still fun, none-the-less. (Though the kids were expecting an actual volcano as pictured on the box, so they were slightly disappointed)
 
Color Changing Volcano
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(Our little Hawaii island)
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Under Water Volcano
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You can sort of see in this picture (L) the powder mixture is at the bottom of the test tube and it is covered in vegetable oil, which makes it ‘underwater’.
 
Homemade Volcano
And then we resorted to the good ‘ol fashion do it yourself volcano using baking soda and vinegar (I also added some of the red cabbage juice powder from the kit for some color)
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Honestly, I think this was more spectacular, and the kids agreed!
 
To make it more fun and authentic, you can construct the actual land mass of the volcano from paper mache, clay, etc…
 
Volcano Art

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4 comments:

  1. based on your photos, I would have to say that the traditional way was better too! Also, don't know if you saw my answer to you on my blog about reading eggs...but Ladybug seems to like it...more than click 'n kids and starfall anyway. I guess we will see! ;)

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  2. That's been my experience with kits like that as well, they've all been pretty disappointing, but they're still so tempting with their bright packaging.

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  3. We have the kit and my kids love it! Great projects =)

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  4. It always seems like those kits are never as good as you think they are going to be. It's fun anyways though. Thanks again for linking to the NOBH.

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