Lessons in this Chapter:
8.1 Volcanic Activity
8.2 Volcanic Eruptions
8.3 Types of Volcanoes
8.4 Igneous Landforms and Geothermal Activity
Volcanoes are an exciting thing to learn about. There are some excellent documentaries to watch with your child. The suggested activity is to make a vinegar and baking soda volcano. You can do this simply in a plastic container, or go big and make a paper mache model. If you really don’t want all that mess, try the Paper Model of Mt. Fuji under the Arts and Crafts tab.
If you have purchased the Thames & Kosmos Volcanoes and Earthquakes kit, the experiments are shown below.
A note about making a volcano: if you did this activity with your kids when they were younger, it’s fine to skip it this time. For most kids (especially at this age), it’s only exciting once and it takes a lot of work for that one moment. So, if you’re up for the work and you think your child will enjoy it, go for it. If not, try the paper model.