Rainy Day Volcano

Last week we had a day of downpours. It rained and rained and rained. We went out to splash in puddles in the morning but the rain was so cold we quickly ended up back inside. So much for mid-August heat.

It was a skeleton crew of kids at the house (read: my bonus kids only) due to summer schedules of kids at camp and other family vacations. The rain finally let up enough and to cease the pacing about the house I started gathering materials.

Vinegar, baking soda, water, bottle and food coloringcake decorating gel (same thing right?). The kids were summoned to the kitchen and were instructed to fill the bottle half way with water (you don’t need pure vinegar to make a great eruption) and we added the gel coloring. I shook the bottle and voila, perfectly vibrant liquid. Awesome, it worked. The boys added about 5 (maybe our counting wasn’t so precise and we landed about 10 due to eager squeezing of the bottle) drops of liquid dish soap. Then they filled the rest of the bottle with vinegar.

We carried it outside with the box of magic powder as I had deemed the baking soda and plastic spoons. We built a volcano-like cone of sand in the already destroyed sandbox to hold the bottle. We sprinkled in about 3 teaspoons of baking soda and voila. You’ll see how our different colors looked as they loved it so much they asked for it over and over again.

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