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Volcano Science Project & Unit Study Resources
Making a volcano science project has been on our homeschool to-do list for several years. Zion has read me how to make homemade volcanoes countless times. I’m not very good at being the kitchen-science-mom; but this is one of the areas that I’m working on doing more. I told him if he can find projects that he’d like to complete, and gather up supplies, we’ll try to do one family science project per
week month um,…often!
The project was easier than I thought; you’ll see by the pictures it gets messy too. This is a great afternoon project that I’m thankful I made myself take the time to do. You know sometimes it’s hard to take the time to slow down and let the kids get flour everywhere. Oh, but I earned my super-homeschool-mom points on this day. We made 4-volcanoes and doubled the recipe below.
- Cooking Oil
- Large Bowl
- Clean Plastic Soda Bottle
- Baking Pan
- Food Coloring (Red)
- Liquid Detergent (Our homemade liquid laundry detergent worked fabulous!)
- Baking Soda
This project was a money saver since we had all the ingredients on-hand. You’d still find this project to be frugal fun, even if you had to pick up a few items. We used 101 Cool Science Experiments with Glen Singleton and The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book.
Volcano Science Project
Step One: Mix 6-cups of flour, 2-cups salt, 4-tablespoons of oil and 2-cups of water in a large bowl.
Step Two: Using your hands, mix these ingredients until firm. You may add more water to the mixture if needed for smoothness.
Step Three: Stand your plastic soda bottle in the middle of the baking pan.
Step Four: Mold the salt dough around your bottle. *Make sure that you don’t cover up the bottle mouth or get any dough in your bottle*. Build up your volcano around the sides of your bottle. Give it as much detail as you’d like.
Step Five: Fill the bottle 1/2-way with warm water.
Step Six: Add drops of food coloring.
Step Seven: Squeeze approximately 6-drops of liquid detergent into your bottle.
Step Eight: Add 2-tablespoons of baking soda into your bottle.
Step Nine: Slowly pour vinegar into your bottle.
Step Ten: Listen to your kids squeal as you add up good-mom-points. You’re a winner today!
Step Eleven: Have the kids help clean up. (You can download the free Age Specific Chore List if you need some more Chore ideas, too) 😉