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How to Make a Lava Lamp with FREE Experiment Worksheet

Kids will be amazed with this DIY Lava Lamp that is really fun and EASY to make! I will show you how to make a lava lamp in just 5 minutes for a truly memorable chemistry experiments for kids. This homemade lava lamp is a fun oil and water experiment for kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th gradeers, and up! Lots of pictures and ideas for a lava lamp experiment.  Simply print lava lamp experiment worksheet pdf and you are ready to play and learn with this really cool diy lava lamp for kids.Kids will be amazed with this DIY Lava Lamp that is really fun and EASY to make! I will show you how to make a lava lamp in just 5 minutes for a truly memorable chemistry experiments for kids. This homemade lava lamp is a fun oil and water experiment for kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th gradeers, and up! Lots of pictures and ideas for a lava lamp experiment.  Simply print lava lamp experiment worksheet pdf and you are ready to play and learn with this really cool diy lava lamp for kids.

How to Make a Lava Lamp

I am always eager to find creative, new, and¬† fun things for kids.¬†As part of our¬†summer bucket list¬†we decided to¬†make a lava lamp. It was a really fun summer science activity that was so EASY I knew you’d want to know¬†how to make a lava lamp for kids. This¬†lava lamp experiment is so simple and uses everyday materials you probabaly already have on hand! Try this preschool science experiments with parents, teachers, grandparents, planning for Vacation Bible School, working on a science Summer camp, daycare, or planning a science birthday party . This is a MUST TRY science activities for preschoolers, toddlers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, and up!

Lava lamp experiment worksheet

Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> _____ <<. The lava lamp science pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie and print the template.

for this easy science experiment you need oil, clear bottle, food coloring, and alka seltzer tablets

DIY Lava Lamp

To make this easy science experiment you will need the following supplies:

  • Empty bottle – clear pastic bottle like a water bottle, soda bottle, etc.
  • oil – any kind will work. I suggest getting oil that is as clear as possible for it not to affect the coloring. Being stuck at home we used darker yellow oil when we recentrly redid one of our favorite science experiments
  • food coloring – any color you like such as blue, yellow, red, green, etc.
  • Funnel to minimize the less
  • ¬†Alka Seltzer Antacid Tablet (you will need 1 tablet per bottle you make)

pour water and oil into recycled plastic container using a funnel

Lava lamp experiment

Start out by pouring water about 1/3 of the distance up your recycled plastic container using a funnel to avoid mess. Now add cooking oil (vegetable oil, walnut oil, canola oil, etc.) the rest of the way to go just 2″ from filling your container.

I love crafts, science projects, and activities that reuse items we have laying around the house! For this project, you probably have everything you need to make it laying around your house!

use this oil and water experient to explain to kids why these 2 substances don't mix

Lava lamp experiment for kids

Children will be fascinated by how the oil & water didn‚Äôt mix! They can shake up the jar and watch as the two substances will go back to oil at the top and water at the bottom. You can give them this simple explanation on why oil and water don’t mix:

Oil molecules are only attracted to other oil molecules and water molecules are attracted to water molecules. So they don’t mix together. The reason the oil floats on top is because the oil is less dense than water.

put in 4-5 drops of food coloring into the oil and water bottles

DIY lava lamp for kids

Add 4-5 drops food coloring. It really doesn’t matter how much food coloring you use – you can add as much as you want to get the desired color at the bottom of the jar.

HINT: You can even have children explore mixing colors. Have kids add yellow and red drops to make, orange, blue and yellow to make green, blue and red to make purple, etc.

Watch how the red food coloring goes straight through the oil with out mixing. Use this step to work on color mixing with kids

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Notice how the food coloring falls through the oil in balls without mixing at all. Once it gets to the water section it will mix.

fun science project to make with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade students

how to make lava lamps

Start at the beginning to prepare any other bottles so your other children can enjoy this fun science projects too! We opted to try different colors so we neded up with a homemade lava lamp for all the primary colors – red, blue, and yellow.

drop 1 alka seltzer antacid tablet into your science project

how to make a lava lamp for kids

Next add 1 tablet Alka Seltzer Antacid Tab, broke up into several pieces, into the jar.

step by step directions for making your own DIY Lava Lamp

homemade lava lamp

It will start to bubble and and create a lava lamp. You will be amazed as the chemical reaction of the water and antacid tab bubbles and shoots the bubbles of colored water up through the oil.

The DIY Lava Lamp with be in constant motion as bubbles keep moving up and down through the oil, but notice how the colored water and oil don’t mix! Kid will be amazed and impressed by this science experiment!

after you've followed direction on How to Make a Lava Lamp, try shaking the bottle to see what happens to the water molecules

lava lamp diy

You can cause your colored water molecules (think size of balls) to be bigger or smaller molecules by shaking the bottle to break apart the molecules. You can also impact the size of the colored bubbles by trying to putting a smaller portion of the antacid tab in at a time.

this science experiment for kids is great for summer learning, a rainy days, or kids activity any time

homemade lava lamp for kids

This easy-to-make kids lava lamp is sure to be a project kids remember for year to come!

When the antacid tablet is no longer causing the lava lamp effect you can repeat the process.¬† If your child shakes the jar violently and the oil, water, and food coloring appear to have made one big colored mess ‚Äď don‚Äôt throw it out. Give it a couple hours and you will see the oil & colored water separate again. Then go ahead and repeat the science experiment again.

scientific method

lava lamp science project

Minnie wanted to make a multi colored lava lamp. Instead of explaining why it wouldn’t work (the colors would all mix together in the water to make black) I decided to just let her test her hypothesis. We added several different colored drops and tested it out. While her hypothesis was incorrect, the lava lamp effect was just as cool in black.

fun activities for kids where they will learn about chemical reactions, color mixing, and density of oil and water while having fun

how to make a homemade lava lamp

This is a MUST try kids activity for sure! I love when kids can learn while having FUN! This activity will help kids learn about chemical reactions, color mixing, and density of oil and water all while doing a (sh, don’t tell them) educational activity for preschoolers, toddlers, kindergartners, first graders, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6. For older children use this as a springboard into one of those topics and dive deeper reading some scientific texts to supplement your project.

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This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever! Have you ever heard of a lemon volcano? Kids are going to love this fun, creative,volcano experiment that screams summer! This simple lemon volcano experiment is perfect for curious kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. All you need are a few simple materials to make some amazing erupting lemon volcanos! The goal of an amazing science experiment for kids is to grab kids attention and make them wonder why did that happen, how could that work, and I want to try that! This leak proof bag is such a simple science experiment for kids that explores polymers. What's best is this amazing science experiment with everyday materials! Try this water experiment with kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. Kids are going to love this really fun Frozen Rainbow Eruptions science activity where kids will make beautiful rainbows as they create a chemical reaction! This baking soda and vinegar experiment! This rainbow activities for preschoolers usese a couple simple materials for a mesmerizing, colorful preschool summer activity! Use this rainbow science with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders.

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There are so many fun ways to play and teach kids about chemical reactions using a baking soda and vinegar reaction. Here are some of our favorite baking soda and vinegar activities.

 

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