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Has summer vacation started yet for your children? Try out this week’s tips and activities to get your child motivated to keep learning!

Weekly Activity: Create Volcanoes!

Your children are going to burst with excitement over this activity. I’ve seen three-year-olds love it as well as eleven-year-olds—so this is sure to please any child in your house!
You’ll need to gather a few materials for this project:

  • Cup or bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Clay/play dough (optional)

This activity is so easy! All you do is place baking soda in the bottom of a cup and pour some vinegar on top of it. Watch the chemical reaction! When I do this activity with children, I like to let them add the vinegar themselves. If you add red food coloring, it really gives it a volcano feel. With older children, it’s fun to give them an empty cup and play dough or clay to let them build a volcano around the cup. Then add the ingredients and watch the volcano explode!

I recommend a couple of books to go along with this activity. For any aged child, it’s great to read a book about volcanoes such as Volcanoes (Let’s Read-And-Find-Out-About-Science 2). For older children or even young children curious about the chemistry of why baking soda and vinegar have that reaction, try finding books about chemistry such as The Way Science Works. You don’t have to read the entire book, but finding relevant information about chemical reactions would be great for your child’s bustling brain!

Weekly Tip: Keep a Loose Routine

Even though it’s summertime and what we do changes daily, it’s still important to keep some type of routine. Keep a set bedtime and routine, even if it’s 9:00pm instead of 7:30pm. Keep the routine of reading together every night before bed and eating together as a family. It’s also nice to have set days to do things such as Monday is library day, Tuesday and Thursday are swimming days, and Wednesday is soccer. Even keeping those things posted in the house will be helpful for your kiddos to know what to expect!

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