At our art play group (which I never take pictures of, but really need to) we tried egg carton volcanoes and all the kids LOVED it. Usually about half the kids are into the activity and the other half would perfer to play, but that really held their attention so when I found this pumpkin version over at I got the idea from science4superheroes, I knew I had to try it!
- A couple small pumpkins, we used the ones we got from Zander's field trip
- Baking soda (I used 1/4 cup per pumpkin, but your milage could vary depending on the size of your pumpkin)
- Dish soap (just a couple drops)
- Condiment bottles (keep in mind the size of the pumpkin when filling your bottles. Your toddler will want to squeeze every last drop and if you start with too much you'll end up with a bigger mess)
- Food coloring (optional, but awesome)
- I used art trays and a cookie sheet to contain the mess
Zander has painted many a pumpkin this Halloween season, but he hasn't really explored pumpkins yet. First we started with looking at the pumpkin then feeling the insides.
He wasn't too into feeling the inside of the pumpkin, but did enjoy putting the lid on and off.
Next I poured a quarter cup of baking soda and a couple drops of dish soap into a carved out pumpkin.
Then I put some vinegar in a condiment bottle and added some food coloring for effect. Zander really enjoyed squeezing the color into the pumpkin and watching it explode!
Pete came over to check out what we were doing and got in on the exploding action!
And of course, what toddler could resist dunking his hand into the fizzy colorful mess!