Here is a look at some of what we got up to.
First we read some stories and looked at pictures of volcanoes and talked about what we knew about them. Then we headed outside for a demonstration of an erupting volcano. I used the elephant toothpaste recipe. It wasn't as dramatic as I had hope but was still effective and the kids didn't mind. My big kids want to try again with a stronger solution of Hydrogen Peroxide, but I figured with a bunch of 2 and 3 year olds running around playgroup probably wasn't the right time for that!!
After we had a play with the lava we headed inside to make our own volcanoes.
We cut out volcano shapes, glued them on and then squeezed yellow and red paint on top. Then we used straws to blow the paint around and give us an erupting effect!
We used trays of bicarb soda, coloured vinegar and syringes to make mini eruptions. This kept them all occupied for a very long time. In fact, if this was all we did for playgroup the children would have been more than happy!!
And finally we made our own mini volcanoes.......
....then headed back outside with them to make them erupt again, and again, and again until we ran out of bi-carb soda, vinegar and food colouring!!!!
Even the big kids couldn't resist getting involved with today's fun.