Lava Lamp

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In this activity, learners will create their own lava lamps. Learners will explore density, effervescence and chemistry through this activity. Activity incudes step by step instructions with pictures, vocab words and definitions to use, fun facts related to the activity and ways to change it up extend the activity. This activity requries alkaseltzer and oil.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Water
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Vegetable oil
  • Alka seltzer
  • Food dye
  • Jar


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • States of Matter
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Toys


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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