Despite the uninspiring results of this weekend’s “massive snowstorm” (all of 2-3 inches at most), schools were still closed today. This meant that the neighborhood kids were knocking on my front door this morning to continue work on a clay volcano they had started with Emily over the weekend.
With only a little bickering and disagreement, they decided to paint the volcano brown, and construct a forest and campsite out of clay. Heck, it even came with a waterfall and lake.
Emily alternated between writing her name in cursive (something she just recently learned) and helping add details to the volcano. Smart thinking boys, they even thought of cutting a plastic bottle in half and encasing it within the volcano. It made adding ingredients for the explosion much easier!
I left the kids alone to work out their arguments. They weren’t too bad…mainly Emily being immature and bossy, which the boys promptly ignored. I retreated to the library and sat down with a nice big book to read.
Before long they were up asking for a hair dryer to help the paint drying process. And not long after that they were ready for the red food coloring, baking soda and vinegar. I took a couple of photos, and we went outside in the snow to set the sucker off. It was a great explosion. This particular picture captures a “secondary explosion” with the vinegar flying up into a flower shape on the sides.
Good fun was had by all!