Make Your Own Lava Lamp

Year of Play: Science Experiments!

by , posted on January 24th, 2011 in Science Fun

Today we’re bringing you the first of three experiments we think you’ll love. They’re inexpensive, easy and super fun. Plus, the kids may even learn a thing or two along the way—like adding fractions, taking measurements, and hey! some science.

Parents, there are two things I want you to think about going into this: 1. how awesome would these projects be for a science-themed birthday party? (you know how I love parties) and 2. When school is canceled yet again for inclement weather, try a couple of these to keep the kids entertained. Most of the items you’ll already have around the house. And yes, fair warning, they may be slightly messy. But honestly, how important is a slight mess compared to sanity? It’s a trade off my friends, always a trade off.

Kids, there are some things you should keep in mind too: 1. don’t eat what you make 2. try to keep things neat and clean up after yourselves, okay? and 3. may we suggest you pretend to have your very own science show while you’re doing these experiments. That’s what these kids did. Go ahead, give it a try!



While you’re anxiously awaiting our next experiment, take some time to click through our Science Issue. It’s filled with lessons learned, crafts, experiments, projects and gift ideas for your little scientist.

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One Response to “Make Your Own Lava Lamp”

  1. (cool) progeny Says:

    February 1st, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    [...] Make a Lava Lamp: Pretty sure even the craftiless of us can pull off this fun activity from Classic Play (you didn’t know they were Baltimore-based, did you? Now you do. ) All you need is a jar with a lid, food coloring, water, oil and salt. Betcha have those in your kitchen cabinet. Too (cool). [...]

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