Hello my crafty friends! Today I’d like to share with you a cool science experiment I’ve been wanting to do with Buggy for a while. A DIY Lava Lamp!!! It is a super easy science experiment and provides visual entertainment over and over again.
I have seen several pins and tutorials for this on Pinterest and thought I’d just combine a few different methods to cater to what ingredients we had on hand to make it our own. I also thought this might be a nice quiet activity to do for when baby Freddy is taking a nap… and it was!
First we gathered all of our supplies:
- Vegetable Oil
- Clear plastic or glass bottle (no glass for my kiddo, thanks)
- Food coloring
Then we put it together:
- Fill the bottle 2/3 with your oil.
- Fill the rest of the bottle (1/3) with water. Leave at least 1 inch at the top.
- Add about 10 drops of food coloring (Buggy chose blue).
- Break your antacid tablet into a few pieces.
- Watch the lava bubble up. So cool!
This was a huge hit with Buggy. I let him choose the food coloring he wanted, and he also wanted to drop in whole tablets after the first few small pieces. I began to tell him no because blah blah blah, but my teacher self reminded me to not have such a heavy hand when kiddos show interest in a way that is different from my expectations. So he proceeded to drop in whole tablets and we watched them create a totally awesome lava lamp storm in a bottle. Of course he then wanted to put them ALL inside the bottle. After discussion, we agreed to wait until daddy got home so he could share in the fun. When daddy got home we added several more and he got a major kick out of it too. It’s so awesome to see that spark of raw imagination, enjoyment and fascination in kids, but it’s a pretty special moment to see that in your spouse.
What do you think? Do you have any favorite science experiments you like to do with your kiddos? Please share in the comments!