You'll find making a lava lamp in our free e-book of the TOP TEN easy kids science experiments - that won't let you down!
Making your own homemade lava lamp has everything you would hope for in a kids science experiment.
You'll also find we've added a few secret homeschool tricks to make your experiment even more child friendly!
When it comes to science experiments for kids, simple is best. You'll find most of the ingredients you'll need in the kitchen.
These are the extra ingredients you don't really need for this experiment but make it more fun!
Just like in the real homeschool lava lamp you can see above that we bought for William's birthday, the childrens lamp you'll be making will get globs of oil to move through water like an erupting volcano.
You can see the same effect if you try making a volcano - another of our favorite easy children's homeschool experiments.
A great way to make homeschool science appeal to children is to make experiments fun! We did that by adding some reindeer and glitter into the mix.
Which goes to show that kids science experiments over Christmas are great fun for everyone!
See what happens to the Christmas tree:
Another way to make a lava lamp more realistic (and exploit your childrens love of playing in the dark) is to add a flashlight and shine the light through.
The great thing about science experiments for kids is that they make amazing the science around us.
Your experiment will have shown how oil and water are immiscible - they won't mix however hard you shake them!
The carbon dioxide bubbles attach themselves to the blobs of colored water and cause them to float to the surface. When the bubbles pop, the color blobs sink back to the bottom of the bottle.
You can see a full explanation of the science behind real lava lamps on Wikipedia, including having fun watching this lamp in action:
You can get your free sheet showing you how to make a lava lamp here.
You can get lots more in our free e-book: Ten Science Experiments that won't let you down!
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