It’s part of my effort to expose Aristotle to a broader range of subjects beyond dinosaurs (although the hook I used was that volcanoes were around during the time of the dinosaurs).
After reading about volcanoes, it seemed like a fun idea to create a model volcano so he could see a physical model in action. Of course with youtube, video clips of volcanoes in action are not hard to find, like this one:
You can also watch documentaries on the subject, like this one by the National Geographic:
But it really isn’t the same as having a hands-on volcano activity.
I was just contemplating getting Aristotle a volcano making kit like the one by Kidz Labs. The kit is recommended for children age 7 years and up, I figured with parental supervision, Aristotle could work on it with me. After all, it’s only baking soda and vinegar – nothing particularly hazardous.
Then Aristotle came up with his own volcano design using a recycled bottle a little imagination. The best time to do this is during bath time because it can get messy.
What you will need:
- Large empty recycled plastic bottle (a 1 liter bottle is good)
- A little liquid soap
- Lots of water
- Put a little soap into the empty bottle.
- Put the bottle under the tap.
- Turn on the tap (water pressure must be sufficiently high).
- Wait for the water to fill up the bottle and the bubbles to explode out of the top.
Okay, so it’s probably not quite as impressive as the Volcano Kit from Kidz Labs, but it’s cheaper, cleaner, faster, and much, much easier to implement. Plus, you can do it over and over again on any given day and the kids will never get sick of watching the bubbles spew out of the top. And well, let’s face it, I’d probably be the one doing most of the work if we had bought the Volcano Kit. So good thinking Aristotle, you just saved Daddy RM30 and Mummy a lot of extra work.