Ever have one of those days where you just felt like making a volcano? The boys and I have done this experiment a couple of times now and it never gets old. We’ve done it a variety of ways, but this was the first real-life model of an actual volcano. Okay, not exactly real-life, but we did go that extra mile and construct it with clay.
Of course, no experiment is complete without making a complete mess and making little (or big) discoveries. On this particular day, we were fortunate enough not to make a total catastrophic mess. However, we did discover that the volcano was rather mono-chromatic. The volcano was totally cool, but it was so hard to differentiate between all the white! White plate (a.k.a. grassland or mess barrier), white volcano, and white baking soda and vinegar lava. It didn’t occur to any of us that there was any lack of color. I mean the volcano was on it’s way to the trash when Gavin and I thought it would have been much more realistic if the lava had been red. I guess we were just so excited for an artificial, natural explosion that we didn’t think beyond the basic instructions.
Artificial. Natural. Explosion. An artificial, natural explosion? Is that like an artificial, natural sweetener?
Okay, then how about a recreation of an erupting volcano?
The experiment was a hit, every single time. Go figure! Every time Tristan or Gavin poured the vinegar down into the volcano, it erupted. That’s what I like about this activity, it’s completely reliable. Plus, I only needed vinegar and baking soda. It is great for boys and it never fails to amaze and elicit the response of “Cool!” or giddy laughter. They even made their mean old schoolmarm do it.
For next time, for there will certainly be a next time, we have already drawn up the plans to have it spew red lava and we will just have to choose a different color of grassland. Now that the initial excitement has passed, they can sit down and prepare for another round of erupting volcanoes.