Sunday, October 2, 2011

Volcano Fun!

Today we made this fun volcano at Children's Church!
It seemed fitting for the kids as we're finishing up the story of creation so I brought a volcano and we talked about how God created the volcano too, the kids (all 11 of them) LOVED watching what happens when you pour in the vinegar! What a fun experiment.
Printable Version 

6 cups flour
2 cups salt
4 tablespoons cooking oil
warm water
plastic soda bottle
dish washing detergent
food coloring
baking dish or other pan
2 T baking soda
*First make the 'cone' of the baking soda volcano. Mix 6 cups flour, 2 cups salt, 4 tablespoons cooking oil, and 2 cups of water. The resulting mixture should be smooth and firm (more water may be added if needed).
*Stand the soda bottle in the baking pan and mold the dough around it into a volcano shape. Don't cover the hole or drop dough into it.
*Fill the bottle most of the way full with warm water and a bit of red food color (can be done before sculpting if you don't take so long that the water gets cold).
*Add 6 drops of detergent to the bottle contents. The detergent helps trap the bubbles produced by the reaction so you get better lava.
*Add 2 tablespoons baking soda to the liquid.
*Slowly pour vinegar into the bottle. Watch out - eruption time!
The volcano erupting!!! So much fun!