Learn how to make a lava lamp in this simple tutorial. Have you ever tried the Lava Lamp experiment? It is one of the most beautiful and easy science experiments for kids requiring 4 simple ingredients. Read on to see how easy it is to create a homemade lava lamp!
How to make a lava lamp
We love easy science experiments. Especially one that requires minimal materials, is easy to clean up and that has a wow factor. My children love science experiments that focus around color. That’s why the skittles science experiment was such a hit with them. This homemade lava lamp was just as exciting
As always, all activities seen on the Fun With Mama website should be done under close adult supervision.
Requirements for Lava Lamp:
- Alka Seltzer Tablets
- Food Coloring
- Cheap Canola oil
- Glasses, empty Voss water bottles or heavyweight cups
- Eager children!
Lava Lamp Experiment
You can find the how to make a lava lamp video tutorial below. You can find more of these fun activities on my children’s YouTube channel.
Homemade Lava Lamp
The how to make a lava lamp picture tutorial is below.
Begin by making sure you have all items needed for the experiment. I like to place our activities on trays. This allows us to be less concerned with potential spills on our floor and carpet.
Add 1/4 cup of water to 3 of your empty cups. Add a drop of food coloring to these glasses and mix.
Fill the other 3 empty cups with 1/2 – 3/4 cup oil.
Pour the colored water into the oil containers. This part is SO beautiful. You can explain to your children about how oil and water do not mix.. that is why you see the separation of colors.
Break your Alka Seltzer tablets into 4 pieces.
Start throwing the Alka Seltzer tablets into the mix slowler.
The Lava Lamp experiment is so beautiful! Look at how vibrant those colors are.
Now go into a dark room with a flashlight. Position the flashlight under the lava lamp and watch how it glows. It looks SO spectacular.
Looking for more fun and easy science experiments for kids? Check out one of these fun activities:
- Baking Soda Vinegar Science Experiment
- Volcano Science Experiment
- Walking Water Experiment
- Rainbow Slime
- Fluffy Slime Recipe
- Super Fun Science Experiments for kids
- How to make slime
- How to make slime without Borax
- How to make slime without glue
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