August 24 is Vesuvius Day. It marks the anniversary of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD that destroyed Pompeii. This makes it an excellent day to talk to our children about volcanoes and how they work. My daughter is a few months shy of two years old so there isn’t much explaining I can do that she would understand. I decided to make a volcano in a bowl to show her how cool science can be.
Baking soda and vinegar
Large bowl and plastic cup
Food coloring or washable paints
Place the plastic cup right side up in the bowl. Add a few tablespoons of baking soda to the cup. Now is the time to add your coloring if you’d like. When your ready for an eruption pour in a little vinegar and enjoy the foam-splotion.
The bowl makes clean up so much easier but this can also be done on a tray lined with newspaper or outside.
You can use food coloring to double the science fun and teach toddlers how colors mix.
If you’d like a more traditional volcano shape then cut the bottom of the cup off and use aluminum foil over the top to keep the baking soda in.
Have you ever made a volcano?
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