Sproutside at the Flint Children's Museum

To inspire a love for learning and awaken imagination through exploration and hands on play.

Fun Science Experiments Part 1

on August 18, 2012

There are still a couple of weeks before school starts, but why not do some fun science experiments at home to get the kids’ brains ready to learn!

Here is one of the projects we do during an “eruption day” in Sproutside. Most of you probably know about the baking soda and vinegar volcano, but how many have actually tried it?

First, you need to build a volcano. You can be creative and use whatever you have in the house: play doh, foil, paper mâché, etc. We used an old water bottle and surrounded it with paper mâché which we then painted. The kids will have a blast helping with this part!

Once your volcanic masterpiece is dry you can get started with the real science. Let the children spoon some baking soda into the container in the middle of the volcano. (if you don’t mind the potential mess, add some red or orange food coloring at this point) Ask the kids what they think will happen when the vinegar is added. Then add vinegar. Watch what happens! Talk about whether you need to add more baking soda or vinegar next time. Brainstorm ideas to make your volcano even better!

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