For today, we have a fun cross between science activity and an invitation to play – we made a volcano and played with dinosaurs, trying to rescue them from lava pouring out of a volcano! Now, doesn’t that sound like fun?
We used everything we had at home for this activity, I prepared a batch of cinnamon scented playdough for dirt (because it turns out brown) and girls covered a high glass with it to turn it into a volcano. I prepared for them glasses with soda bicarbonate, vinegar (we used diluted) and food coloring (red and green). They had pipettes for vinegar and food coloring, and little spoons for soda bicarbonate. And dinos, of course!
We had a neon dinosaurs, but few days ago, my daughters decided that dinosaurs are not in the right color, so they painted them all brown. Ha! They love to paint all of their plastic little figurines and My Littlest Pets very often turn out in different colors!
I started the activity showing them how to pour soda and vinegar and showing them how they reach together. They were amazed and insisted doing it by themselves. For next hour, they were pouring a bit of soda, then a bit of food coloring, now add vinegar and so on.
It took some time for a volcano to start pouring lava on all sides of the “hill”. Now they found another fun thing to do and they had fun trying to move dinosaur and “rescue” them from pouring lava! It involved lots of screaming and overall, they enjoyed it very much.
And once again, after they run out of soda and vinegar, they asked for more. Is there a better way to tell they loved playing?
Today we joined with numerous family friendly bloggers to bring you easy and doable indoor activities to try with your kids over winter, when we are all stuck inside and kids get easily bored! Check them all here and have fun!
If you’re looking for additional simple to set up activities, you should most surely check the Early Years Activity Set from our friend Jamie from Hands on: as we grow. This set is packed full of super easy and low preparation activities for toddlers and preschoolers. You can pick which one you want, according to your child’s age. She even planned several weeks of activities for you! Or you can use templates she provides and set your own plans for a week of fun discovering, playing, engaging and learning with kids!
Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.