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Volcano displays - Natural History Museum or Science Museum

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saadia Thu 12-May-05 15:17:59

Ds1, now 3, is obsessed with volcanoes and what's inside them and no matter how I explain it the concept is obviously difficult for him to grasp so I was hoping someone would know where would be the best place to take him to see a volcano display.

snafu Thu 12-May-05 15:41:02

Natural History Museum, deffo. I think the Earth Galleries have that sort of thing. Worth a visit anyway!

saadia Thu 12-May-05 15:50:28

Thanks snafu, will hopefully go next week. Added bonus at the NHM is the dinosaurs, which also fascinate ds.

tarantula Thu 12-May-05 15:54:24

check out the Nat His website here It looks really good.

Have you tried making volcanos with him? I got a kit from somewhere that makes a plaster of paris one that has a hole in the top and you put bicarb and vinegar and red dye in and it explodes up.

also made one from papier mache with a toilet roll tube in the middle and squirted paint from a washing up bottle from underneath. (we used powder paint and didnt mix it quite properly so got te ash cloud affect too -def one to do outside)

saadia Thu 12-May-05 16:16:40

Thanks tarantula - I haven't been inside a museum since school days so am looking forward to these sorts of outings. Will definitely look out for volcano kits - didn't realise there were such things - although your toilet roll/washing-up bottle creation sounds much more entertaining.

happymerryberries Thu 12-May-05 16:22:59

Easy to make without kit. Tape a bog roll to a bit of card board. Sellotape a shallow plastic bottle top into the top, open end uppermost. Coat the outside with playdough to give a volcano cone shape, leaving the bottle top oven at the top end. Fill with bicarbonate of soda with a small splash of red food colour. Add vinegar, voila! lava!. the more chemicals yuo use the more lava/mess it makes.

saadia Thu 12-May-05 17:51:07

I'm sure ds will love that hmb, will try it in the garden this weekend. I'm now quite fascinated to see how the "explosion" happens myself.

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