I’m not sure there exists a more fun and easy science experiment for young kids than a homemade volcano. All you really need for a volcano science activity is baking soda, vinegar, an empty container and maybe some food coloring and your kids will be begging for more. My kids LOVE homemade volcanoes and we’ve made our fair share over the last few years. This time I decided it would be interesting if we could make the project a little more educational by creating a cutaway view of an erupting volcano.
Does your child know the difference between lava and magma? Can they identify the internal parts of a volcano? Do they know where the lava comes from? After this activity, they will. For detailed, step-by-step instructions (with pictures) and a labeled diagram of the terminology your kids can learn, head on over to 123Homeschool4Me for my latest guest post as their science contributor.
If you’re looking for some supplemental material to go along with this activity, my kids love the episode of Magic School Bus called The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top. My oldest went through a period where he was obsessed with the book version of the episode. For kids who are slightly older, Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens is a beautiful and informative book.
Don’t forget…head over to 123Homeschool4Me to see my Look Inside a Volcano activity!