Squirt Gun Volcanoes – Science Experiment For Kids

A science experiment for kids should be fun and I don’t think my son could have had more fun than he did with this mash up of two classic summer activities. He is all about squirt guns and backing soda volcanoes are a constant favorite here. Using your child’s interests to make learning fun is such a fun way to make your child eager to learn. If squirt guns are not welcome in your play then you can use eye droppers, turkey basters and even bath toys instead. Make sure after the activity you wash the squirt guns carefully to get all the vinegar out so there are no accidental squirts at someone later.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a pan ( ignore the mini muffin tin, that was our first attempt and well obviously it didn’t work. It was too hard for a 5 year old to get a good aim on such small targets), baking soda, vinegar , food coloring, a large measuring cup or bowl , protective eye wear and squirt guns.
  2. Start by adding food coloring in random dots to your pan. fun science for kids
  3. Cover with baking soda.
  4. Fill your squirt guns with vinegar. The easiest way to do this is to submerge the squirt guns in a bowl or large measuring cup full of vinegar. fun science for kids
  5. Get ready – go outside! Make sure the protective eye wear is on . Ask your child to make a prediction about what will happen.
  6. Shoot !
  7. He loved the colored bubbles – he had no clue there was food coloring under the baking soda.
  8. He stepped closer to get the harder to aim at areas.
  9. It was super fun to see all the colors emerge  and even mix together .
  10. After the guns were empty his sister was invited out to do some pouring too.

It’s gonna blow!

Volcano !

After a week of all things sweet and springy we needed something bold! Volcanoes are so powerful and fascinating . The science project bellow is always a hit, I know I made many as a child and have made more than a few in the last few weeks.

  1. Gather your materials. You’ll need 2 pieces of construction paper, red and yellow tissue paper, crayons, scissors and glue.
  2. Start by drawing a volcano o the brown construction paper. If your child is able have them do this.
  3. Color the volcano. We used crayons but markers or even paint would work.
  4. While they color jaggedly cut out the tissue paper.
  5. Cut out the volcano.
  6. While you are cutting it out you can use this time to have your child practice cutting too. This has been a favorite part of art time at our house lately. I hand my son some play scissors ( ours are simple plastic ones- they cut but aren’t sharp) and some scrap paper and he loves it.
  7. Time to glue!add glue to the 2nd piece of construction paper and glue your volcano down.
  8. Next add the glue for the lava.
  9. Add the tissue paper- no need to be careful just smack it on!
  10. Let dry.

Science Experiment !
I’m sure you remember this from childhood, I know I do, especially the time I used red food dye , in the days before magic erasers. When we do this at home we normally do it in the sink to avoid too much clean up. I couldn’t get good pictures in the sink so the container worked in a pinch, although I have to admit I was worried it would overflow.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a clear jar, baking soda, vinegar and if you want red sanding sugar makes great lava.
  2. Add the lava to the jar.
  3. Pour the baking soda into the jar- we used about 1/4 of a cup which was enough for two eruptions. Stir of shake the jar with the lid on to mix the baking soda and the sanding sugar.
  4. Add the vinegar ( again about 1/4 cup).
  5. Erupt !
  6. Be prepare for your child to beg for it again and again. Have extra vinegar ready!

Books

“Volcanoes” by Franklyn M. Branley is another great book in the “Let’s Read and Find Out Science” series. I can’t say enough about this series of early non fiction books, they explain things in easy to understand and interesting to preschoolers ( and school age ) way. This book was no exception, the photos kept my toddler saying “Whoa! ” over and over even if he is a bit young still for the text. This book would be great for 3-6 year olds interested in volcanoes.

“An Island Grows” by Lola M. Schaefer is so pretty it reminds me of what the store Anthropologie would look if it was a children’s book about how islands are formed. It’s part antique fabric, part funky modern floral patterns… this was the book that I was saying “Whoa” each time I turned the page. It does a great job explaining how islands grow from under water volcanoes too !