HELP!  THERE'S A VOLCANO

IN MY KITCHEN!

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OTHER SCIENCE GAMES TO DO AT HOME

PLUS FREE BEAUTY TIP FOR BUSY MOMS

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SONG: God Made The Dinosaurs

MAKE A VOLCANO ERUPT IN YOUR KITCHEN (With ingredients you have around the house): Tip Its fun to draw or trace dinosaurs on colored paper or thin colored foam and cut them out to place around your volcano, or you can use toy dinosaurs.  This experiment, or game, is so fun that even kids who don't stay focused for long will be able to focus for as long as 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

How To Make The Dough:

Make a Volcano Cinder Cone:

Make The Volcano Erupt:

How It Works:

baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) + vinegar (acetic acid) --> carbon dioxide + water + sodium ion + acetate ion

Acetic acid (a weak acid) reacts with and neutralizes sodium bicarbonate (a base). The carbon dioxide that is given off is a gas. Carbon dioxide is responsible for the fizzing and bubbling during the 'eruption'.

 BEAUTY TIP FOR BUSY MOMS AND GRANDMAS USING BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR: (or Help! There's a Volcano in my hair!)

Mix 1 cup vinegar and 2 cups water.  Shampoo your hair twice and towel-dry.  Add 1/2 tsp baking soda to the vinegar and water.  As it foams pour it over your hair and comb it through.  Let it sit 5 minutes and then rinse well, add conditioner, and rinse again.  Wrap hot towel around your hair and leave for 10 to 30 minutes.  The fizzing reaction of the baking soda and vinegar removes residue from your hair left by shampoos, conditioners, hair coloring, hair spray, dirt, oil, etc. and leaves your hair soft and shiny.  --This tip is from Christina Martin, a beautician for 30 years. Other Low-Cost Beauty Tips

 VOLCANO PHOTOS FROM CHILE:

 

 

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OTHER SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS YOU CAN DO AT HOME

1. Make Pennies Shiny (clean tarnish from metal)

2. The Cornstarch Experiment

3. Exploring Sound (beans, rice, and other stuff in plastic eggs)

4. Color Experiment (butterflies made with coffee filters)

CLEAN THE TARNISH OFF SHINY OBJECTS, LIKE PENNIES

Materials:

Procedure: Mix lemon juice and salt in glass, add pennies and swish them in the liquid.  They will become shiny.

 Why?: The lemon juice and salt mix with the sulphur coating on the pennies, creating hydrochloric acid, which reacts with the copper and removes the coating.

THE CORNSTARCH EXPERIMENT - ISOTROPY AND THIXOTROPY:

Materials:

 Procedure: Place 3 Tb of cornstarch in cup water in a bowl, stir.

Why?: Isotropy is the property of a fluid to become firm when agitated.

Thixotropy is the opposite of isotropy in that the fluid mixture becomes more fluid (less firm) as it is agitated.

EXPLORING SOUND:

Materials

 Procedure: Fill plastic eggs part-way with items.  Number the eggs and have the children try to guess what is inside each egg.

 COLOR EXPERIMENT THAT MAKES BUTTERFLIES OR FLOWERS

Author: Latrenda Knighten
Categories:
Kindergarten, Science, Arts and Crafts

Inks and markers are often combinations of several colored dyes. The colors of inks and dyes are molecules of coloring substances that are dissolved in a liquid base. When the liquid creeps up the coffee filter, it dissolves the coloring molecules and splits it into different colored chemicals. Different colors get carried along faster and farther than others because some color molecules are bigger and heavier than others. Help your child explore chromatography (the process of separating colors or pigments) while creating a neat art project! Here's how to get started:

 What You Need:

What You Do:

  1. Use a pencil to make a mark on a coffee filter about two inches from the bottom.
  2. Give your child the coffee filter and ask him to fold it in half. 
  3. Use water soluble markers to decorate the bottom of the coffee filter above the 2-inch mark. 
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of water to the cup.
  5. Fold the coffee filter in half and then in half again and place it in the cup. 
  6. Watch the colors move up the filter. Talk about the different colors that appear on the filter as the filter absorbs the water.
  7. Unfold the filter and place it on paper towels to dry. Once the filter is completely dry, your child can use his science project to make a pretty craft project! Allow your child to showcase the results of the chromatography experiment by making a butterfly magnet or a flower.

    To make a butterfly magnet: gather the filter into a clothespin to resemble a butterfly; place a piece of the magnet strip on the back of the clothespin and display on your refrigerator.

    To make a flower: fold the filter into fourths and twist the chenille stem around the bottom, then fluff the filter so that it looks like a flower.

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