Struggling with Holiday Activities For Kids – Make This Cool Erupting Volcano

Struggling for things to keep the kids active with this week? Try out this throwback post 👍🏻

Day 4 of the Easter school holidays has drawn to a close. This morning we went to a beautiful park, the children had a fabulous play and we all enjoyed a wonderful walk.

Crazily, I’d left the bottles of water and fruit in the car and by then we were too far gone. One decaf coffee, two soft drinks and two cupcakes later I’d managed to spend £15! It’s so easy to go off piste if you aren’t careful. Now, I’m no angel. I’m trying to change my ways. I was once told by a friend that I’m the only person they’ve ever met who sets up a tab at soft play. That says quite a lot about me. Like I said, I’m trying to improve!  I know it’s unnecessary.

So, after the park we carried out a few Scientific experiments! They were so cool!

The first experiment we did, was an erupting Volcano.

Here’s what we used:

A small plastic bottle

Tray

Water

Measuring jug

Food dye

Washing up liquid

Tin foil

Funnel

Bicarbonate of soda

Vinegar

We folded the foil in half and cut a small hole in it (big enough for the bottle neck) the we wrapped the bottle up and placed a few dinosaurs around, oh and some moss. Just for effect!

Next up, we filled the jug with 300ml of warm water and then added two heaped table spoons of bicarbonate Soda. We gave it a good stir.

We then added a spoonful of dye and a spoonful of washing up liquid.

We again stirred it well and then poured it into the foil wrapped bottle. About two thirds full.

Next, we added 100ml of vinegar…and stood back…

The eruption took place!

After much cooing, my two wanted to do it again. So we did, but changed the set up slightly so we could appreciate the colours more.

Not a bad way to teach your children a few scientific facts (we talked through the why!).

We had so much fun!! We also made clouds and a Tornado in a glass – but we were far too absorbed to take pictures!!  I’ll post the details, though, if you are interested!

Give it a go guys – lovely (free) fun 👍🏻

Fab and Easy Easter Tree

For as long as I can remember, I’ve meant to make an Easter tree. They are so pretty, and I’ve been desperate to make one, but things (aka work) always get in the way. Well not this year! It’s such a great activity to do with the children – the most fun bit is collecting up your items to make it with.

I cannot believe how easy it was to make, and best of all – it only cost me a few quid to buy the eggs to hang. Everything else was free or up-cycled.

I love my Mum and Dad’s house, it’s like an Aladdin’s cave. Cue an afternoon at Mum and Dad’s scavenging for bits and pieces to make my (sorry – OUR) Easter tree and we had all the things we needed:

Things you’ll need

  • One large jug or vase) mine belonged to my Great Aunt Cissy and had been languishing in my Mum and Dad’s garden for a lot of years. It was a bit rusty (and holy) but a good wash and it was absolutely perfect for the job.
  • Cuttings from trees (I cut the pretty Apple Blossom from the apple trees in the orchard and they look beautiful and smell so fragrant too). You can use any branch and if you don’t want to scavenge you can find synthetic versions at your local craft shop.
  • Easter eggs on Ribbon. Mine came ready-made from Flying Tiger Copenhagen and cost me about £5 for 18.
  • Ribbon to decorate (if you want to)

Instructions

  • Trim the branches to sit neatly in your Easter Tree. As a general rule, I like mine to be about 2x the height of your vase/jug but you can make them smaller if space is limited.
  • If you are using blossom, I recommend you place a container of water inside your jug to help keep them fresh and beautiful. I used a medium sized glass.
  • Add you eggs to the branches, trying to ensure they are evenly covered and that you distribute the colours evenly too.
  • Add a ribbon to the vase/jug if you want to.
  • Ta -dah, you have a beautiful Easter Tree!

Have fun lovely people.

Tahlia x