We made a super simple volcano for our Monday science experiment. Volcanoes can be time consuming and require lots of prep but this recipe is quick and easy. Bonus – you probably have most of the ingredients!
This science experiment works great in a discussion on reactions. We followed this experiment with a discussion with what would happen if you left an ingredient out or changed one. The foam we created was safe to touch as it is simply water, oxygen gas, and soap. So both girls had fun exploring the texture of the foam!
Science behind the Valentine Volcano:
The reaction is summarized by this formula: 2 H2O2 –> 2 H2O + 02.
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) naturally breaks down into water and oxygen. It’s stored in opaque containers to help slow down this process. The catalase (yeast) speeds up the reaction. Dish soap catches the oxygen and makes bigger bubbles and the food coloring makes it look cool. The girls loved feeling the bottle and how warm it was. The foam and bottle feel warm because the reaction is exothermic–it releases energy as heat.
- Soda Bottle
- Pan to catch the foam
- 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide *** at least 6%
- 1 teaspoon Yeast
- 2 tablespoons of warm water
- 4-5 drops of food coloring
- Couple of drops of dish soap
In our house we of course started by making our soda bottle pretty. Lots of hearts.
Next, we used our funnel to put one cup of Hydrogen Peroxide into the soda bottle.
We then added the food coloring and dish soap to the bottle.
In another container we mixed the yeast and warm water and poured that into the the soda bottle.
I’ve had to reschedule the Addalyn and Ruby’s check up 3 separate times. On two occasions there was snow and me having Mom brain I may have forgotten once. 🤷♀️😂
Today we finally made it in and to say it was nuts is an understatement. We went into this thinking it was just a well child check-up and Ruby wasn’t even amused with that. Addalyn was fine. She was decked out in Doc McStuffins and happy to play with real doctor stuff.
They take the weight and height of each and send us off to the room. Well at the room the nurse tells us that they need shots and it would be better for Kinley to get hers as well so we don’t have to come back. They freaked. They are TERRIFIED of shots. The flood gates opened and Addalyn and Kinley both started hatching out a plan.
They decided that if they put there coats on then they wouldn’t be able to get to them. In comes the nurse with back up because I’m sure she saw the reaction when she SAID shots. They took Ruby first and Addalyn and Kinley sat in a corner crying together. Yes. I said corner.
It was the saddest thing ever.
There’s nothing like a vaccine appointment to bring your whole day down. A trip to Chick-fil-A and Target to get a toy may have made it a little better though.
My name was called so many times that I’m sure I’ll hear it in my sleep. The echo of ‘MOMMMMM’. Or ‘Can I’. Oh and the best one.. ‘Can I have a snack?’ How many snacks can these little humans eat? I ran around like a crazy person today. Kinley’s turning 8 on Saturday so she requested to have a Princess Photoshoot. I still needed to take Valentine pictures so I decided to kill two birds with one stone! That wasn’t the best idea… The house is destroyed and the kids went crazy the whole day. The day was so crazy that I forgot to put anything in the fridge to thaw so around 6:30 when I realized this I was in a panic. Fast food it would be. I left everyone home and off I went. Sweet alone time. Driving with music your kids can’t listen to alone is amazing. I drove through the drive thru, ordered, and drove up. I give the employee my card and I’m sitting in the window scrolling my phone and listening to the music. The employee gives me the food and my card and closes the window. I sit there scrolling my phone jamming to R. Kelly radio. I sit there some more. The employee comes to the window and ask if I ordered two chicken sandwiches and a chicken nugget. I say, ‘yes.’ and look at him. He looks at me and I look at him. He closes the window. I continue to sit there and scroll my phone and nod my head to the music. The employee comes to the window AGAIN and ask did I get two chicken sandwiches. I say a little louder, ‘Yes!’ He says, ‘Well I gave them to you 15 minutes ago.’ I instantly die. I sat in that drive thru window for 15 minutes scrolling my phone and listening to the radio with the food beside me while three employees stood there and watched wondering why the heck this crazy lady was sitting in the mini van in the drive thru. Motherhood has officially made me crazy.