Our Friday was rather exciting in Science because we made our own lava lamps. I'm sure parents and bus drivers were turning their heads when several kids were walking out the door with water bottles filled with colorful liquid. A great conversation starter if you ask me!
Last year, a fellow 5th grade teacher created lava lamps with her students and had the best time doing so. I didn't want my kids to miss out on this experience, so I knew I wanted to add it to my scientific method lesson plans. What a great way to hook kids onto science experiments!
- Fill an empty water bottle 1/2 - 3/4 full of vegetable oil.
- Add 10 drops of food coloring to the oil.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with water - leave room at the top of the bottle in case it overflows. Yes, I speak from experience!
- Break an antacid tablet into tiny pieces and drop into the bottle.
- Watch for the reaction!
I couldn't help it - I even made a Vine video during the madness. Do you Vine in the classroom? I'd love to hear about it!
It was an awesome experiment and perfect way to end the week.