Welcome to Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten! My class blog is the place I share information about some of the fun learning activities we are doing at school. I hope to provide parents with insight into what we are doing, and why, and to share ideas with other early childhood educators. Please don't use the photos or text of this blog without permission, but please do use any ideas you find useful. Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Erupting With Fun: Preschool Volcano Activities

What is cold when it is dormant, hot when it erupts, and totally cool all the time?
Do you teach your kids about volcanoes? Here are some fun art and science activities to take you beyond baking soda and vinegar!
Check out all the awesome volcano pictures Ms. Debbie pulled to show the children - they were fascinated by the glowing lava  - who isn't?!  The kiddos even got to act out being volcanoes, and going from dormant to erupting. Jumping up to erupt was their favorite part!
Do you teach your kids about volcanoes? Here are some fun art and science activities to take you beyond baking soda and vinegar!
Debbie had a bottle covered in clay to look like a volcano, which we partially filled with some baking soda ahead of time.  When she poured in vinegar (dyed red), the chemical reaction had "lava" flowing out of the vent hole.  Oh my goodness were the kiddos excited!
Do you teach your kids about volcanoes? Here are some fun art and science activities to take you beyond baking soda and vinegar!

We followed up our reading, singing, dancing and demonstration, with science and art activities that also stretched our fine motor skills.  To make our volcano diagram, the kiddos tore construction and tissue paper, glued them, wrote their names, and then cut and pasted labels for some of the important parts of a volcano: magma, vent hole, ash, and lava.
Do you teach your kids about volcanoes? Here are some fun art and science activities to take you beyond baking soda and vinegar!
Do you teach your kids about volcanoes? Here are some fun art and science activities to take you beyond baking soda and vinegar!
(The label for magma is on the back, because it is only magma while it is underground.  As soon as it emerges from the vent hole it is called lava.)

We had fun sorting out things that are hot (like a volcano) and things that are cold.
Do you teach your kids about volcanoes? Here are some fun art and science activities to take you beyond baking soda and vinegar!

The highlight of the whole time was definitely letting the children build their own pebble volcanoes, and mixing baking soda and red vinegar.  They wanted to do it over and over - and with almost 60 children attending this week, we used 3/4 gallon of vinegar, and 4 pounds of baking soda!
Do you teach your kids about volcanoes? Here are some fun art and science activities to take you beyond baking soda and vinegar!

Do you teach your kids about volcanoes? Here are some fun art and science activities to take you beyond baking soda and vinegar!
The awe on their faces was worth every drop!

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