This week, to celebrate the end of summer, Anders’ preschool hosted another party. I’ll spare you the rant about classroom parties this time. Just know that I believe this to be shindig number 32 in the calendar year. This time it was held outdoors and the teachers made the effort to set up stations to keep the children and parents busy so I suppose that means I have to refrain from complaining about how awkward I find these things to be.
As far as classroom parties go, this one was a pretty good time. They had face painting, an area to create crafts with sand, one of those blessed bounce houses I adore for their powers in exhausting my children, and my personal favorite: a volcano station. You may or may not know that until a few months ago I worked full-time as a chemist and while I have left the field to pursue other interests I still very much have a soft spot for all things science. After watching Anders make his own volcano today, I have a feeling that this is a love that we will share as he grows. You may be wondering how exactly one makes their own volcano. Here is a handy tutorial I found online. They are fairly simple to make and you likely have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen already. A little flour, salt, oil, vinegar, baking soda, dish detergent, and a plastic bottle and voila! Instant volcano! If you have a little food dye hanging around you can even color the “lava.”
I was kind of surprised to learn how easy they are to make. Danica wasn’t there for the celebration and so I want to make one at home for both kids this weekend. It has me thinking about other science projects I can do with Anders and Danica.
Do you have a favorite at-home science experiment that you make with your kids? Share your idea in the comments.