Volcano Art

We live in a very rainy state, which means my kids (and myself) are constantly STIR-CRAZY from about October to May. This year it even rained well into June, and I feel like I was always running out of ideas. I can only go to the library so many times (especially since my 2 year old has no inside voice) and as much as I love Target, my 4 year old hates it.

This year, I am determined to break out my inner “Pinterest Mom” to save not only my sanity, but my bank account as well.

I tested out one craft the other day when it was actually too hot to go outside (I’m a wimp with a newborn, sue me.) The kids loved it, and it was so easy to execute. Three ingredients? Close to an hour of independent playtime? Super cheap? SOLD.

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I like to call this craft/experiment/child occupier, VOLCANO ART.

Okay, so there are actually no volcanoes involved, but it’s volcano ingredients and it sounds super cool to a 4 year old.

Materials

Baking Soda
Vinegar
Food Coloring
Cake Pan/Something to put baking soda in
Cups
Eyedropper/Medicine Syringe

Pretty simple right?! Added bonus: Most of these things are probably lying around your house. If not, they are super inexpensive to go get. (Thank you, Dollar Store)

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All I did was mix up the food coloring with the vinegar and put it in little Tupperwares for each of the kids. Don’t leave your two year old unattended with colored vinegar, however. I turned my back for two seconds to help Micah get set up, and she chugged it. Vinegar. And then spit it out all over herself. What followed was crying, dry heaving and the weirdest, loudest burps I have ever heard. It was sad, but really weird. And that’s Sophia for you..

Once the vinegar was mixed up, I put the baking soda in the cake pans and showed them how to use the eyedroppers to shoot the vinegar all over. It fizzes up, then stays colored and makes some really cool designs. Hence the “art”.

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Micah ended up turning his cake pan into an ocean, because he got carried away with the vinegar and dumped it all in at once. It kept them entertained for over twenty minutes. That’s enough time for me to do some dishes, drink a La Croix and listen to half of an Awesome With Alison podcast, so that’s good enough for me!

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What fun things do you do with your kids when it is rainy and miserable outside? Drop your ideas in the comments below!

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11 Comments

  1. Katie Bressler

    August 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    What a fun idea! My two year old would love this, and my four-year-old nephew. I will be sure to keep my eye on her 🙂

    1. saneathomemom

      August 23, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Yes – no drinking vinegar! Haha Thank you! Let me know how it goes!

  2. Kim

    August 22, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Super easy but entertaining! We tried this last year, medicine syringe idea is very helpful!

    1. saneathomemom

      August 23, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Yes I love super easy projects like this! And my kids never know how easy it is! Ha!

  3. Elise Cohen Ho

    August 22, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    The kids look as if they are having a wonderful time. I do adore projects like this.

  4. Macy

    August 22, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I love activities that you can do with things you already have at home. This looks like fun! I will have to try this with my kiddos.

    1. saneathomemom

      August 23, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Same here! All about that free life! Haha – have fun with your kiddos! Would love to see how it goes!

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  6. Britt

    August 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    How fun!! I can’t wait to try this with my kids!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. saneathomemom

      August 24, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Of course – hope you guys enjoy it!

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