Giant DIY Lava Lamp

Hi friends!

Continuing with our “language and lemonade” theme this week, I wanted to share with you a twist on a classic children’s science experiment- the DIY lava lamp!  This is an activity that I’ve seen on many a summer bucket list this year, and although the science behind the reaction is a bit beyond my twins, I knew it would be very visually stimulating and captivate their attention, which would in turn lead to lots of opportunities for language expansion. Plus, I really really REALLY wanted to try it for myself 😉

Giant "Pink Lemonade" DIY Lava Lamp at Twodaloo

To create our lava lamp, we used cheap cooking oil, water, pink food coloring, and generic fizzing antacid tablets.  Since everything is BIGGER in Texas, I decided to use the giant glass cylindrical vase that we previously used for our worm observation tower as our container.  To make it even more lava-lamp like, I placed the vase on our light panel for the activity.

GIANT "Pink Lemonade" DIY Lava Lamp at Twodaloo!

To start off, I poured some plain tap water into the bottom of the vase, and then slowly added almost two large containers of oil.  I was hoping that the large quantity of yellow oil might suggest lemonade to tie into our theme, but it really just looked like a giant glass of beer :) Luckily the twins did not make the connection, hah! They were enthralled with the tiny bubbles in the oil as it separated from the water. They had no idea what was coming!

GIANT "Pink Lemonade" DIY Lava Lamp at Twodaloo!

After they looked at the oil for a bit, I decided to further tie in the lemonade theme by giving them some plastic ice cubes to drop into the vase. It was so cool to watch them slooooowly fall down through the oil and then plunk quickly through the water into the bottom.

GIANT "Pink Lemonade" DIY Lava Lamp at Twodaloo!

GIANT "Pink Lemonade" DIY Lava Lamp at Twodaloo!

Next we added about half a small bottle of hot pink food coloring to suggest “pink” lemonade.  That turned out to be a little much, considering the lamp ended up looking red, but the twins sure didn’t care! It was really interesting to see the big globs of color fall through the oil and then settle on the top of the water. Then they slowly “rained” down into the water, eventually mixing completely.

GIANT "Pink Lemonade" DIY Lava Lamp at Twodaloo!

GIANT "Pink Lemonade" DIY Lava Lamp at Twodaloo!

And then, we were finally ready for the magic!  We used almost an entire box of antacid tablets, sometimes not even bothering to break them up. The twins would each drop one in, watch the reaction, and then reach for another as soon as the last one fizzled out.

GIANT "Pink Lemonade" DIY Lava Lamp at Twodaloo!

LOTS of language was going on here, folks! “Wow! Going up up UP! Shoot on the ceiling, Mommy! Shoot on the floor! It a bolcado (volcano)! It a wimmin’ pool (swimming pool)! I wub waba WAMP Mommy!”

GIANT "Pink Lemonade" DIY Lava Lamp at Twodaloo!

GIANT "Pink Lemonade" DIY Lava Lamp at Twodaloo!

Will loved the lamp so much that he had to give it a kiss and a hug.

GIANT "Pink Lemonade" DIY Lava Lamp at Twodaloo!

In case you were wondering what it looked like in daylight sans light table…pretty cool here, too!

GIANT "Pink Lemonade" DIY Lava Lamp at Twodaloo!
One more hug before we were finished 😉

GIANT "Pink Lemonade" DIY Lava Lamp at Twodaloo!

 

 

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  1. This looks amazing!!! I think I would have to give it a kiss and hug too! 😉

  2. Too cool! This looks like SOOOOOO much fun!!!! We don’t have a light table (yet! ha!).. but might try it with torches at hand :-)

  3. Love the way you introduced each new ingredient separately and slowly. Really expands on the learning and observation of activity.

  4. Thank you for the post. This looks like a lot of fun. I’m going to try this with my 8 year old. She would love it.

  5. Love, love, love!! What an awesome way for the kiddos to really see how the lava lamp is working. I totally want to do the same thing with my kiddo! :)

  6. Great idea! How long does it last?

  7. really looooved the idea!! Definitely I am going to do it! Thanks for sharing!!!

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