SummerFest and Making a Volcano

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Boise Public Library is doing a new program this summer called SummerFest. The SummerFest program is designed for readers and hands-on-learning. It's open to ALL ages.  The SummerFest features seven Discovery Tracks:

  • Discover Science: June 1 - 11
  • Discover Art: June 12 - 18
  • Discover Outside: June 19 - 25
  • Discover Boise: June 16 - July 2
  • Discover Reading: July 3 - 9
  • Discover Coding: July 10 - 16
  • Discover Your Library: July 17 - 23
  • Celebration Week: July 24 - 31
Our family has really enjoyed working on the Discover Science phase of SummerFest. We have gone to the MK Nature Center, the Boise WaterShed, read science books, watched a Boston Dynamics YouTube video and made a volcano. The volcano making process was very involved. We used the directions located here. I rinsed out a soda can to use as the base and made homemade clay to make land texture of a volcano. I found the following recipe on wikihow:
  • 1 cup (225 milliliters) water
  • 4 cups (560 grams) flour
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 ½ cups (420 grams) salt
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)
My kids helped me mix the clay and place it around the soda can and on the paper plate. We decided not to use food coloring or glitter in our clay mixture. After placing the clay around the can we let it dry overnight.

The next day, we painted the clay using Crayola Washable Kid's Paint (very preschooler and toddler friendly). The kids had a lot of fun painting the volcano. We allowed the painted volcano to dry overnight.

After the volcano was dry, we rolled up 2 napkins with a little baking soda and stuffed them into the can. My husband then poured
vinegar into the can. The kids loved watching the volcano "explode." We had to add additional vinegar and baking soda so they could see the volcano explode again and again.

What SummerFest Activities have you enjoyed?

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