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?
Materials for Volcano and Dinosaurs Play
To make volcano scene:
Start by playing a tall glass at the middle of the sensory bin. Ask children to cover the glass with brown playdough in a volcano shape.
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.
For volcano science experiment you will need:
- soda bicarbonate
- food coloring
- plastic pipettes
Prepare for kids 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.
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!
Let’s Play and Learn!
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!
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?
WHAT TO TRY NEXT?
- Dinosaur Fine Motor Hunt
- Dinosaur Chocolate Mud Sensory Bin
- Milk Marbling
- Shaving Cream Color Mixing Sensory Bag
- 5 Easy Bottle Cap Busy Bags for Toddlers