It's a sign that February is nigh when I start building natural disasters within the (sometimes) natural disaster which I call my home. Ahem. These walls close in a little more with each icy-cold day, I think.
On the bright side, this toddler-free volcano, or "BALL-cano," according to Matt, sets up and cleans up quickly and easily. Also, the ingredients are probably in your pantry already. On the other hand, it doesn't actually look a ton like a volcano. We didn't do paper mache or decorate it. Luckily, that didn't matter to the boys.
Side note: you can definitely use real cups or plates if you need/want to. The paper stuff just makes clean-up much easier.
The magnetic attraction begins.
"Whatcha doin', Becka?"
No mess... no worries.
Please don't forget this step!
- Read a book about volcanoes. I recommend this one. It's a little old for my three-year-old, but he still really enjoys it.
- Watch a video about volcanoes. Just be sure to pre-screen it for violence/casualties/language. Yup, found that out the hard way.
- Use volcanoes to talk about the letter "V", a difficult letter to relate to sometimes. You can do a letter tracing sheet, make a sandpaper letter, or draw pictures and talk about other things that begin with the letter "V". Vinegar, violin, vegetables, anyone? Because I am totally sick of "vase". What kid relates to a vase?
- Add more baking soda to the vinegar in the volcano when it is finished to let it bubble again. Spend some time scooping out old vinegar from the bottom of the container with a measuring cup, filling the volcano, stirring it with a spoon, and listening to it fizzle. We used blue coloring in our last volcano, and Reed sat for at least an extra half-hour just playing in the container. Or should I say experimenting, researching, and learning?
Gotta love it when that happens. This was definitely a mom-win! Let me know if you try it out!