Monday, January 30, 2012

Preschool Fun: DIY Lava Lamp

Ok so this looks like a lava lamp but it doesn't exactly last.  It's something that you will toss when your done but it's a lot of fun to watch.  Ava really liked getting the make it make bubbles.  Plus you most likely already have everything you need to do this right in your house.  No special trip for supplies.  I love when these little projects call for regular household items.

Here is what you will need:
  • Water bottle or plastic bottle
  • oil (olive, vegetable, canola, etc.)
  • water
  • food coloring
  • alka-seltzer
 The supplies
 Fill the bottle a little more than half full of oil.
 Pour in water leaving about an inch or so of space at the top
 Add in some food coloring...we did about 8 drops of red
 Break up the alka seltzer tabs into 3 or 4 pieces a tab.  We started with one pack but Ava asked for more so I got out another pack.  So four tabs total.
 I would have her wait until each tab stopped making bubbles before she added more.  Sometimes she waited but sometimes she'd sneak another one in :)  Towards the end she just would add and add and add.

 Keeping a close eye on things.

 More alka seltzer
 Then she wanted to add blue which kind of made black but she didn't care.

 She also wanted to touch the bubbles

She keeps asking to do this again so I'm sure we will be repeating again soon.  Maybe I'll get some fun shaped plastic bottles and even try some glitter next time.  Not sure if the glitter will work but it would be fun to try.

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