The beach is my happy place.
When my toes are in the sand I alternate between being a hyper-active super mom and total bum. There’s really no in between.
I enjoy long walks on the beach, building impressively large sandcastles, and tossing a ball in the waves. I equally enjoy planting myself in a beach chair with a good book and not moving for hours. However, my all time favorite beach activity is building a volcano experiment with my kids.
Last summer I posted a picture on social media of my kids and the volcano. And about 20 people asked me questions.
“What is that? How did you make the volcano? What are the instructions?”
I have to admit, I was a little taken aback. It’s an activity our family has done at the beach for as long as I can remember. The onslaught of questions made me realize that we might be the weird kids at the beach. But I’m okay with that. And I wanted to share the instructions to make you the weird kids too!
(Although, beware…you will also become the most popular family. We always attract a crowd when we start setting up our little activity.)
So for inquiring minds that want to know- here’s how you set up a volcano experiment on the beach:
Things You’ll Need
- Children willing to build a big mound (volcano)
- Bucket and sand Shovels
- Tall plastic cup
- Baking Soda
- Have children build a huge mound (moat optional). The bigger the better.
- When they are finished, push a tall plastic cup into the center until everything but the rim is submerged in sand.
- Put about 2 Tablespoons of Baking Soda at the bottom of the cup.
- Fill the rest of the cup with Vinegar.
- Your volcano experiment should be erupting!
This project is cheap, easy and it will keep children entertained on the beach for a while! Best of all, there isn’t a lot of clean up other than throwing away your empty baking soda and vinegar containers.
What are your favorite beach activities with kids?
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