Friday, July 14, 2017

Glitter Volcano Experiment

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Kids of all ages will be amazes when they see this fun, glitter volcano science experiment at work.
Glitter Volcano Experiment - this simple science experiment is perfect for toddler, preschool, prek, and kindergarten age children. The glitter adds a fun twist that your fairy or little princess will love.

Science in the early years is all about exploring, asking questions, and curiosity. Most kindergarten kids are highly curious, which makes science at this age so much fun! Kindergarten kids are curious, but not ready for complicated science. That's why simple science experiments work best for the kindergarten crowd.

This kindergarten science experiment is a fun twist on the classic baking soda and vinegar volcano. You don't have to use a beaker like we did. This experiment works just as well in plastic cups and is classroom-friendly and low-prep. Kids will love repeating this glittery explosion over and over!

Glitter Volcano Experiment

Just a few simple steps and kids can make their very own kid-safe volcanoes!

you'll need glitter, baking soda, dish soap, and vinegar

You'll need just a few things to make your volcano:

  • Glitter
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Vinegar
  • Cups or other containers (1 per child)
  • Pipettes
  • Small cup or container for each child
scoop glitter in beaker

Scoop two tablespoons of baking soda into each beaker. Add a squirt of dish soap and a generous sprinkle of glitter.
squirt vinegar in the cup with a pipette

Stir with the pipette or a spoon. Fill each child's container with vinegar and give them a pipette. Show the kids how to squeeze the pipette into the vinegar to pick some up, then squeeze it into the container to make the volcano erupt.

volcano experiment

Watch as the volcano erupts in glitter lava flow! Keep adding more and more vinegar until the volcano no longer erupts. This can take quite some time.

kindergarten science

Glitter Volcano Science Explained

When vinegar and baking soda mixes, it creates a chemical reaction due to the pH rating of each ingredient. Vinegar is an acid, and baking soda is a base. When the two react, carbon dioxide is produced. This causes the dish soap and other ingredients to rise out of the container quickly as the other ingredients get carried away with the carbon dioxide gas.  

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