Volcano!

On Friday we made a start on one of Huwyl’s christmas presents, a volcano making kit.  He mixed the plaster and poured it into the mould and then waited (sort of) patiently for it to set.  Next he painted it, graciously allowing his little brother some creative input, and allowed that to dry.  I think it was a longer process than he’d originally imagined.

volcano-7601 volcano-7606 volcano-7608 volcano-7609 volcano-7611 volcano-7616Neirin had his own little experiment tray to play with, water, baking soda and some drops of food colouring kept him entertained for quite a while!  When it came to the big explosion we exchanged the water for vinegar and fun was had by all.

volcano-7637 volcano-7643 volcano-7642 volcano-7641 volcano-7639I love how serious Neirin is when he works on things, his little frown and teeny pout are so cute.  The boys had a blast working on their ‘science’ this morning, wearing their Darth Vader costumes that Huwyl made for them yesterday.  He’s been working on a Star Wars project for a while now and that was the culminating task he’d set himself.  I thought the black made them look like little alchemists!

After several rounds of volcano eruptions we watched a couple of videos, made some drawings and then made an explosively themed snack for ourselves…popcorn!

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  1. #1 by godmadeknown on January 15, 2013 - 11:25 pm

    We used that same kit a few years back when we were studying Geology. I loved that it can be used over and over again. They ended up doing the same experiment several times and after that it became a piece of sculptural artwork for our bookcase. Definitely got our money’s worth!

    • #2 by emmalina73 on January 27, 2013 - 11:51 pm

      I definitely think it’s a keeper! Plus it weighs a ton so can be used as a handy science themed doorstop!

  2. #3 by future.flying.saucers on January 16, 2013 - 3:14 am

    Your pictures are beautiful! And volcanoes are awesome. What a great science lesson!

    • #4 by emmalina73 on January 27, 2013 - 11:50 pm

      Thank you so much! We really enjoyed the kit and the fun thing is it can be reused : )

  3. #5 by Dad on January 16, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    I can do this, and be seen from space, with a tin of heinz beans and a pint of Barnsley Bitter!!

    • #6 by emmalina73 on January 27, 2013 - 11:50 pm

      Yes but you know you are no longer allowed those kinds of explosive concoctions after that court order was imposed!

  4. #7 by movita beaucoup on January 19, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    Oh, man! I always wanted to make a volcano when I was a kid, and never did! That’s it. I’m going to have to do this. I’m calling in sick at work!!!

    • #8 by emmalina73 on January 27, 2013 - 11:51 pm

      If you haven’t built a 6 ft high volcano of icing by the weekend I will be seriously disappointed!

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