If ever Sam is put on the spot baking soda volcanoes are the activity of choice so we rounded of the term with some volcano fun. Also I picked up a book from a charity shop that was begging to be turned into a project, full of information and hands on projects. We didn’t do as much as I wanted and never even really made it to earthquakes but it ran it’s course and I’m trying hard at the recognising when enough is enough thing.
Where we went
Short of an actual volcano to visit we settled for a trip to the Earth galleries of the Natural History Museum.
What we did
We made a lap book! Have a bit of a love/hate relationship with them. Hate the cutting out and the lack of engagement needed to complete many of them but fancied producing a finished product – nice to have something keepable sometimes.
I was going to get around some of the negatives by producing my own bits to stick in but ran out of steam. So it is a cobbled together mix of home produced stuff, a Hands of a Child download which I had forgotten about and really he’d outgrown and free printables from HomeSchoolShare
We played about with thick pieces of card on oobleck, investigating the movement of tectonic plates and pushing the card together to see the plate boundaries.
Home made jigsaw of the tectonic plates.
Making a playdough volcano. Exploding vinegar and baking powder in the crater. Sticking on more playdough to cover where the ‘lava’ ran to show how the volcano changes shape over time.
Volcano art – using pipettes to drop vinegar coloured with food colouring onto a tray of baking powder to make mini coloured explosions.
Julius Caesar with his blood flowing out (he’s sideways if it helps).
Investigating new ways of making volcanoes. A tray of baking powder mixed with a couple of sachets of koolaid (contains citric acid).
Making the lapbook cover by dripping paint (lava) with pipettes.
(pics are links to Amazon)
Can’t find the last one on Amazon but this is by the same author so may well be a reissue from the sound of it.