Snow Days and Volcanoes

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Good fun was had by all!

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