Make Your Own Homemade Lava Lamp

I don’t know if I was the only one who so badly wanted a lava lamp as a kid but never got one, but today I am going to show you how to make your very own homemade one using just a couple of household materials. This is something your kids will definitely have a blast making!

What you need:lava lamp

  • A plastic container with a tight lid
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Vegetable Oil (I used canola oil)
  • Alka Seltzer Tablets (Antacid and Pain Relief tablets)

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First, you are going to take your water bottle and fill it one fourth of the way full with water. Next add in a few drops of food coloring, the coloring of your choice. Then fill the rest of the bottle full with vegetable oil (canola oil). I left a little bit of room at the top of the water bottle. It works whichever way you decide to do it.

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Now comes the fun step! Hopefully you’ve been letting your child pour in the ingredients so far, if not, you are definitely going to want to let them do this step! Take your Alka Seltzer tablets or Antacid pain reliever tablets and break them into four pieces. Let your child drop the tablets in and screw on the cap (don’t worry it won’t explode!) The result should be something as seen below. When your lava lamp begins to settle again, drop in another piece of the tablet.

I hope you liked this fun activity!  As always, if you tried it, I would love to hear about how it went!

Amber

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Water Absorption Science Activity

water absorption activity

This is a fun activity that not only teaches the science concept of water absorption but also lets children use their fine motor skills in an engaging way!

What you will need:

  • A tray or plate
  • Eye dropper or syringe
  • Water
  • Blue Food Coloring
  • Cotton Balls (I used makeup wipes)

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First, add the food coloring to the water. Then let your child use the eye dropper or syringe to put a few droplets on whatever surface you are using. I used a plate as mine.

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Allow your child to use the cotton balls (make up wipes) to absorb the moisture. They will probably want to go back and forth dropping the moisture and then absorbing it with the cotton balls. Try having your child use the same cotton ball to absorb so much of the liquid that he/she can, and then try to squeeze it out. Explain that this is how it works when it rains. When it rains, the clouds then absorb or suck up all of the rain and moisture from the ground and air and when they have collected so much of it that they can’t hold anymore, that is when it rains.

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Thanks for following along! As always, I would love to hear how this activity went for you if you tried it!

Amber