Volcanoes are fun, loud, big and exciting! So when my son asks “Can we do a science experiment? Please!” I know what to do!  For simple and fun experiments, we absolutely love using baking soda and vinegar! The two ingredients make the most exciting reactions, and what better way to show this than with erupting volcanoes!?

Science is an extremely important subject to expose our children to at an early age.

According to Steve Spangler, “Research shows that most children have formed an opinion (either positive or negative) about science by the time they reach the age of 7.” Parents can help their young learners enjoy science by setting up exciting science experiments at home. With STEM occupations growing, sparking your child’s interest in science may give him a head start for a future career.

Read below to see how to make your very own erupting volcano!

What You’ll Need:
Baking soda
Vinegar
Food Coloring
Bowl
Small cup
Container
Eye dropper or small scoop
Large plate
Dinosaurs (optional) for make believe play!

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Begin by adding 3 parts baking soda to one part water in a bowl. Mix well using your hands. The baking soda should begin to stick together.

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Take the baking soda mix and pack it into a small cup. The baking soda mixture will take the shape of the cup. Carefully dump the mixture onto the large plate to create the volcano.

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Gently stick your finger about 1″ down through the middle of the volcano. Add a few drops of food coloring to the center of the volcano.

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Pour 2 cups vinegar into a container. Use an eye dropper or small scoop to pour into the middle to see the volcano erupt over and over again!

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Mix your colors for even more erupting fun!

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For more of a contained mess try this Volcano:
Baking Soda
Vinegar
9″ x 13″ disposable pan
Small pitcher
Aluminum foil
Small cup
Food coloring
Dinosaurs (optional) for make believe play!

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Begin by adding 1 cup baking soda to the small cup. Place the cup in the middle of the pan. Tear a large sheet of aluminum foil to cover the cup and lay at the bottom of the pan, creating the shape of the volcano. Poke a medium size hole through the aluminum foil above the cup. This is where your volcano will erupt.

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Now pour about three cups vinegar into the pitcher. Add a few drops of food coloring to the vinegar. Slowly pour the vinegar into the volcano to watch it erupt. Pour again and again for lots of excitement!

What is the science behind the bubbling volcano?

The eruptions are made when the baking soda and vinegar react to make a water and sodium acetate releasing carbon dioxide (the bubbles that come to the surface).

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Keep science interesting for kids, by setting up simple experiments for them to explore and relate to this summer!