Kids can engage in imaginary play and a bit of chemistry when they create their very own vinegar and baking soda volcano using a party hat!

Simple Science Facts For Kids:
1. Volcanoes allow hot lava and gases to escape from below the earth’s surface.
2. Adding vinegar to baking soda creates carbon dioxide gas.
3. The gas leaves the solution as bubbles, causing the volcanic eruption.

Materials:

  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • dish liquid
  • orange food coloring
  • vinegar
  • scissors
  • party hat
  • small glass jar

Instructions

    1. volcano-longTake a simple birthday party hat and cut the tip of it off. Cut zig-zags in the top with scissors.

    2. In a jar about the same height (or a bit shorter) than the hat, add the baking soda, salt and add the food coloring. Mix well.

    3. Add a squirt or two of dish liquid to the top of the mix.

    4. Put the party hat on top of the jar and pour in the vinegar to cause a volcanic eruption! Watch as the bubbles and gases erupt through the opening and ooze onto the table! Enjoy the messy fun!


    Simple Science For Kids:
    1. Volcanoes allow hot lava and gases to escape from below the earth's surface.
    2. Adding vinegar to baking soda creates carbon dioxide gas.
    3. The gas leaves the solution as bubbles, causing the volcanic eruption.

Caroline Gravino Urdaneta, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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