Thursday, August 21, 2008

I Don't Know Where I'm-a Gonna Go ....

Things are a little bit back to normal now, so hopefully we're back to blogging again.

Yuta's got some pretty fun video of Taipan singing some songs on Rock Band. He's got to convert it, but hopefully it'll be here soon.

In the meantime .... Volcano!


There's a Little Einsteins episode that has a volcano and a geyser in it. Taipan asked to see some video of a volcano the other night, so we got on YouTube to see what we could find. We found lots of Mt Etna and some volcanos in Hawaii and Washington, and also came across a few videos of homemade volcanos. After seeing those, we knew we'd have to make our own too.

Last night we cut up a box, lined it with foil, and grabbed almost all of our playdough. Yuta used an empty playdough container as base to build the volcano around, and to use as a resevoir for our lava. I was helping Taisim fall asleep during the construction, but made it out in time for the eruption.

Taipan wasn't quite sure what to expect, and backed away from the table quite a bit before we did the eruption. Once he saw what happened, he came in for a closer look. We put some water & dish soap in the container, then added baking soda & vinegar. And then added more vinegar. Then more baking soda, then more vinegar and so on until we emptied two already open bottles of vinegar. We had one more bottle of vinegar, and decided to use it after Taisim woke up.

So more eruptions after Taisim was awake:

And then she wanted to do it herself.


Our volcano is now in pieces on the kitchen table, drying out a bit. The dough is still soft enough to mold into another volcano if we want to. But we're all out of baking soda and vinegar - it's on the shopping list for this weekend, so maybe we'll do more.

It's also been requested that we make a geyser, so we've got Diet Coke and Mentos on our shopping list too.

1 comment:

Mamacita (Mamacita) said...

My family loves Steve Spangler's Mentos Geyser, too! We bought his Geyser Tube from his website and that makes it even more fun.

I also signed up for Steve Spangler's Experiment of the Week, and now we get a great FREE experiment every week in my email. It's awesome.

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