The anatomy of a science experiment (A photodiary)

 

In a continued effort to reduce screen time, I set up Peanut’s science kit on the kitchen table this past weekend.  She was beyond excited to try the volcano experiment…so I laid down a towel to catch the mess, got out the instructions, and away we went!

A few notes before we begin:

1.  Don’t be too impressed with me.  I used old, crusty baking soda from the back of the fridge and happened to have vinegar under the sink for toddler dog pee pee accidents.

2.  Peanut and Pumpkin both hate clothing with the fire of a thousand suns.   If you didn’t already know this, you clearly haven’t read this or this. Naturally, then, Peanut is naked in these photo-diary below.  Nudity was not a requirement of the science experiment, I assure you.  You can, in fact, build a volcano while clothed.

3.  To set up, I laid down a dark colored towel on the kitchen table and had Peanut put her safety goggles on.

4.  The cluttered counters, overflowing sink, and otherwise messy kitchen in the background was Photoshopped in so that you wouldn’t feel bad about YOUR messy kitchen.  Yes, even the overflowing recycling bin is a feat of editing magic. You’re welcome.

For this experiment, you will need:

water

food coloring for the “lava” (optional but super fun)

baking soda

vinegar

large beaker or cup

small beaker or cup

Step 1: The Mountain

To start, fill a beaker with 1 cup of water and a bunch (3 or 4 Tbsp) of crusty old baking soda. Stir well.

CONGRATULATIONS ! You built yourself a mountain.

 

Step 2: The Magma

 

Next, fill a small beaker with 1/4 cup of vinegar. Add 5 drops of red food coloring.

Voila! You have LAVA!

 

Step 2: The Magic Happens

 

Slowly add the vinegar (lava) to the baking soda (mountain).

 

KABOOOM! Science magic.

Then repeat….

 

"Do it again! Do it again!"

And repeat….

"We need more pee pee cleaner, Mommy!"

 

And then finally give in and make the whole darn thing explode….

 

Here's where the towel comes in handy.

 

 

So. awesome.

Last but not least, allow your experiment devolve into a mess of food coloring, water, and eye droppers. Your Little Scientist will be in experiment heaven.  And you will get at least 20 minutes of uninterrupted Facebook meditation time.

 

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43 comments
Keshyra
Keshyra

Great pics! Your daughter is adorable! I remember doing the volcano experiment in elementary school, except I made a paper mache volcano for it and presented it to the class. It's great to be reminded that I can do this at home with the kids and not have to do any time consuming paper mache making for it. That will be much better. Have you ever tried the magic milk experiment? My kids loved that one! Google it if you've never seen it before, it's really cool.

Jasmine
Jasmine

Great post :-) I remember when I was little, the Volcano experiments NEVER got old...LOL such a great memory for Peanut :-D

Sarah
Sarah

Can't wait until my little dude is older and we can do fun experiments like this! Love it!!

Brittany Baughman
Brittany Baughman

What a cool idea! I can so use this this summer for my kids while they are on school break. Thanks bunches for the inspiration!

2Commentaristas
2Commentaristas

Ah, my kids went through that phase too... the "no clothing EVER" phase. Thankfully, they grew out of it... eventually... probably under the fear of knowing that they couldn't go to school without proper clothes unless they wanted to be ridiculed, HAHA! Your science experiment certainly looked fun! Very cute~ visiting from #commenthour

April
April

This is the cutest thing I've seen all week!! I love her little smile : ) "We need more pee pee cleaner, Mommy!" SO. FUNNY.

shimelle
shimelle

awesome project and awesome post, but best line ever goes to 'You can, in fact, build a volcano while clothed.' LOL! and i really am, in the middle of a very quiet house. oops! new to your blog from commenthour and so far, i'm thinking you're a hilarious read!

MamaSpaghetti
MamaSpaghetti

This is the cutest science project I've ever seen. It may have something to do with that adorable little girl of yours!

tracy@sellabitmum
tracy@sellabitmum

Oh that is super cool. Okay, every time I see anything about a volcano I think about that Brady Bunch episode where Peter has a volcano that spews lava all over Marcia and her perfect friends. OMG hilarious.

Leslie Limon
Leslie Limon

How fun! I would have loved science class if our experiments had been this fun. :)

Ro @ Mommy MindSpa
Ro @ Mommy MindSpa

My son loves these kinds of experiments!! His favorite is the Mentos in diet coke. That's a fun one too! Visiting from commenthour! Ro :) http://www.mommymindspa.com Have you had your Mom-ME Moment yet today?

Sarah
Sarah

Future chemists! Love it!

Marie Noelle
Marie Noelle

That's SOOO cool!!! I used to lvoe doing this but I had forgotten about it

Eve {beautiful spit up}
Eve {beautiful spit up}

What cute pics! My nephew would love to do this! Just goes to show that science can be fun. Great post!

Lindsey
Lindsey

My kids will totally love that!

Nichole
Nichole

Wait...you can perform a science experiment with clothes????

Anne Keo
Anne Keo

My brother and I saved our "Book of Potions" we created as little kids. We flip through it now and then and laugh hysterically. The volcano is still the best one!

april
april

Two things to note: 1) Pray tell: how can I use vinegar to combat pee? Not that I have a massive need mind you, but I do have cats that at times attempt to "train me" when I am less than punctual at cleaning their litter box, so.... and 2) The pictures of that neck-ed child in safety goggles ought to be stowed away in a box labeled something along the lines of "if you love your mother then you will NOT do the following lest I release the contents of this box for public viewing" (insert list of what not to do here). I'm just saying...a little bribery in good fun might work wonders when she hits her teen years. ;)

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Is this the one with milk, food coloring, and dishsoap? If so, I JUST heard about it today and will definitely be trying it this weekend. Watch out...this may turn into a preschool science blog before long! :)

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The Woven Moments

Turns out girls like blowing stuff up as much as boys. Good times!

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When does making stuff bubble over and/or blow up EVER get old, right? I'm not sure who had more fun...her or me. I DO, however, know who wore more clothes. ;)

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Thanks for stopping by! It's a ridiculously easy experiment that provided a good 30 minutes of fun. :)

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The Woven Moments

Hitting the old-enough-for-a-science-kit age was definitely a big milestone!

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The Woven Moments

Let me know how it goes. The red dye is really want makes it special because then it "looks like" lava.

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Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad to hear that my kids aren't the only ones who hate clothes. :)

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The Woven Moments

I could write a whole post on the inappropriate labels my kids have given household items. It's a shame, really. No parenting awards here. :)

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The Woven Moments

That comment was from my ever-lovely co-worker, Nichole. She's that hilarious in real life too. Thanks for stopping by and WELCOME!

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The Woven Moments

Oh you are too kind! Peanut is a whole lotta cuteness wrapped in one attitudinal little body. I'm in BIG trouble. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

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The Woven Moments

Embedding that video would have been priceless. *palmtoforehead. Why didn't I think of that??

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I suck at science. Still. But making fizzing volcanoes whilst naked IS fun. Maybe we have an idea for a new curriculum? Think the Board of Education will go for it? No?

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Do it! Do it! But maybe wear clothes when you do it. Because otherwise, well, that might be weird.

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Thanks for stopping by! Mentos in diet coke is NEXT on my list of experiments...thanks for the suggestion!

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Let's just hope her future chemistry (academic or romantic) involves a lot more CLOTHING. #fingerscrossed

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It's a lot of fun. I'm thinking about making a reusable "mountain" out of something hard and painting it so we can make it look like a REAL volcano.

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Hey there - thanks for stopping by! Science CAN be fun. NAKED science, apparently, is even *better.* Who knew?

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Yay! Let me know how it goes!! And thanks for stopping by. : )

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The Woven Moments

White vinegar is a MIRACLE for removing pet pee odors. Probably because it smells stronger than anything a living organism can produce. No, seriously it works. Google it! The naked pics of Peanut are many....I could fill a scrapbook. OMG a naked Peanut scrapbook! THINK OF THE BLACKMAIL! ;)

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