Underwater Volcano

We’re coming up on a year of chronicling the fun we have and also holding myself accountable to sprinkle our everyday with adventures and learning while fostering curiosity and creativity in these rocket babies of mine. A year! It’s been great! One of the best things I’ve ever done, hands down. I treasure these journals of at least a little snapshot of life at home with the boys. And it’s been immensely good for me as I stretch myself to be intentional and slow down enough to take notice of these precious years, full of development by leaps and bounds.

However, I must report Eddie will now happily suggest outings and request to do a “project” (as he calls our experiments), sometimes at inopportune times and fully expecting me to acquiesce. Full disclosure: this is because I usually do try to, if at all possible, capitalize on his desire to do/explore/learn. It’s a good practice (for us!) as it stretches me to set aside my bent toward “normal” routine and make adventures happen. But, that said, sometimes his request to do a project just sounds to hard/messy/time-consuming. First, I have to find an age-appropriate activity for which we have all necessary supplies (@thedadlab is almost always a win!). Then I have to pull it all together, set younger brother up with something to do or come up with a way for him to be involved without intensifying the scenario. And finally, actually do the project, adequately explain and answer my curious little guy’s questions, and let’s not forget clean up. As much as I love it, it’s a commitment!

That’s why it was so great to have him beg for a project while Dad was home on a Saturday a few weeks back. My energy levels being extra low due to rocket baby #3, the rocket scientist stepped in to help pull off a fun experiment: Underwater Volcano. Enjoy!

Fill a vase with room-temperature water.


Fill  a smaller bottle with warmer water and a few drops of food coloring.
Lower smaller bottle into the larger by a string.
Watch the volcano explode!
Optional: chat about thermodynamics and what “temperature differential” means.
Add ice cubes and see what happens to the colored water.

Thanks to our resident rocket scientist for stepping up!

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