Learning about volcanoes is always super fun!!
We read several books and watched eruptions on youtube. We talked about some science behind; how volcanoes are formed, why volcanoes exist and what causes them to erupt. When exploring about volcanoes with children, it is also important to discuss how they affect people and how we are safe and not anywhere close to any active volcanoes.
For a little history lesson, we talked about memorable volcano eruptions in history from Pompeii, to Paricutin, to Mt. St. Helens. We pointed out these volcanoes in books we read and I showed him some related videos on youtube.
Volcano Picture Set Cards and Parts of Volcano Cards
My son really enjoyed the books about volcanoes, but he was really excited to see and talk about pictures of volcanoes, so I prepared Volcano Picture Set Cards and Parts of Volcano Cards for him.
Volcano Picture Set Cards
Parts of Volcano Cards
We also watched nomenclature cards on Parts of Volcanoes on youtube. You can go to this link to view the video.
Baking Soda eruption
Of course we had to do the classic vinegar and baking soda volcanoes. My son loved this. So exciting !! It took several times to get it right and we used up all of the vinegar and baking soda!!
To make vinegar and baking soda volcanoes, pour some vineyard and red food colouring in a small container and then add baking soda for an eruption. You can pile up dirt or play dough or sand around the container to make it look more like an actual volcano.
While I was on the subject of volcanoes, I tried to relate our own personal experience with the the help of photos and videos taken during our trip to National Park on the Big Island, Hawaii two years ago.