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Lava Lunacy


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Lava Lunacy

This activity can be found on page 12 of the larger "Kitchen Science" PDF document. In this activity, learners explore the concepts of density and basic chemical reactions as they create their own lava lamp using water, oil, food coloring, and Alka-Seltzer tablets. Step-by-step instructions with photos, discussion questions, and suggested activity extensions are included.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Plastic bottle
  • Funnel
  • Vegetable oil
  • Water
  • Food colouring
  • Alka-Seltzer tablet

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Acids and Bases
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density

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  • Arts and Crafts
  • Science Festivals Activity

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