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



Measuring jug

Food dye

Washing up liquid

Tin foil


Bicarbonate of soda


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 👍🏻

Free Easter Holiday Activities For All Of The Family To Enjoy

School holidays, whilst fun, can be financially stressful for many people. I myself have squandered away a small fortune so far this week at the cinema, soft play, lunch out etc. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The truth is for my little family, whilst we all love a fantastic experience, we just want to be doing stuff together.

Now my kids love playing. Love it. They love baking (so do I), they love cooking (me too!), they love arts and crafts (another similarity!) they are complete and utter bookworms (oh! Snap!). But with 2 weeks off, sometimes we need a bit more.

I have this fantastic little book and when my own imagination is running a bit dry, I often flick through to get some ideas. The title is a bit misleading, many of the activities can be done indoors. Which is fantastic because let’s be honest, the weather right now isn’t great.

So many things to do! From Geocaching to building insect hotels. Building log pile houses to making your own barometer. The options are endless!

My two picked a Limbo contest and painting flower pots. Gazing out at the trees swaying madly in the wind, the sun was still shining so we gave Limbo a go!

So we got stuck in and the kids gathered bamboo canes from the garden. We used garden wire to make some hooks on two of the canes and then pressed them firmly into the ground.

At this point, I blasted out some traditional Caribbean music, put the Limbo stick in place and let the competition commence.

Cue the biggest blast of wind, much giggling and about half an hour of fun. Despite our best efforts, we decided to ditch the Limbo and wait for less windy weather.

Next up we decided to paint some pots. We rummaged about in the shed, prepped the table and the kids started on their creations.

They did a lovely job and we’ll fill them with compost and seeds as the week goes on. I’m sure the recipient will be thrilled when they receive these at Easter!

Not content to sit still for 5 minutes, with all of the wind howling about outside, my eldest thought it would be a fab idea to make a kite! Hmmmm. I referred to my little book. Hmmmm. A bit technical for me without a bit of Pre planning.

Then I remembered the plastic bag kite. This was a bit of a stretch as I only have the big reusable bags nowadays, but I managed to find an old thin plastic bag right at the bottom of one of my bag of bags (everyone has these bags, right?!).

What an easy activity. A bag, some string. Bingo! No time to decorate. They were far too keen to get outside.

Yup! If anyone saw/heard 2 kids running around gleefully singing “let’s go fly a kite” repeatedly (for hours!) along with a very wind swept Mummy, that was us!

We’ve had the best day! They are already fast asleep and do you know what? I didn’t spend a single penny. Result 👍🏻

Give it a go. Have fun and share any ideas you have.

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