Glitter Erupting Volcano Science Experiment for Kids

Volcano science experiment for kids
We LOVE science experiments! Since we are spending a lot of time at home due to the pandemic, finding a fun learning activity is so important. I’m sure everyone has tried the classic baking soda and vinegar volcano science experiment either at home or school. I found this version by Life Over C’s and had to try it with my 5-year old. We decided to eliminate the food coloring and added glitter for fun. This was a huge hit with my son. Follow the directions below to conduct this glitter erupting volcano science experiment for kids. It’s a great indoor activity especially for kids who are home. My son thought the glitter erupting volcano science experiment was the best thing ever.
Play Dough Volcano Science Experiment for Kids
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  1. Place the beaker on your tray. This will make clean up easier after the volcano science experiment.
  2. Place a funnel in the opening of the Erlenmeyer flask then add 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda.
  3. Next, add a generous amount of glitter.
  4. Place the play dough around the Erlenmeyer flask to make it look like a volcano. Don’t cover up the opening of the flask.
  5. Add a squirt of dish soap into the Erlenmeyer flask.
  6. Use a drink stirrer or craft stick to mix the ingredients in the flask.
  7. Pour a small amount of vinegar into the Erlenmeyer flask and watch the volcano erupt. Keep adding vinegar until the volcano no longer erupts.
*Disclaimer: Adult supervision is required for this experiment.*
Volcano science experiment for kids
This glitter erupting volcano science experiment is awesome and safe for the kids to try with adult supervision. When vinegar and baking soda mixes, it creates a chemical reaction. The vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base. This chemical reaction produces carbon dioxide. My 5-year old thought it was so cool! Since the volcano science experiment is conducted on a tray, less mess to clean up for the adults.
If you’re looking for another science experiment, check out this cool lava lamp that’s easy to make with kids.

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