A couple weeks ago, I was away for the weekend leaving my husband home with our two boys. I’m thankful that Hubby has never complained when I’m away on running trips and always enjoys his ‘boy weekends’. They do all kinds of things while I’m away so I didn’t think much when I got this text from my husband…
No big deal, he likes to make big breakfasts for the boys, maybe he was trying a new recipe or something new. But then, he texted back…
I figured something must be up. What on earth could they be doing with vinegar and food colouring? So I asked and the answer was so obvious once I read it:
Turns out the boys had been asking my husband all about volcanoes so what else does a good Dad do when Mom is out of the house for the weekend? Build the boys their very own volcano, of course! They ended up using all of my vinegar but I kind of love that he was teaching them some science-y stuff.
It couldn’t have been more perfect that for March, Netflix has chosen to highlight some really cool science-related programming for families. They’ve selected cool documentaries about volcanoes and outer space for the older kids and fun, science-inspired shows for the little guys.
So what about that volcano in my sandbox anyway? Well, the boys loved it and thought it was pretty amazing. Even though the ‘lava’ was blue and I’m pretty sure they got the proportions off a little, he said the boys were right in there asking all kinds of questions about their sandbox volcano.
So their impromptu volcano science experiment fit in perfectly with the kinds of shows we’ve been streaming all this month. And it’s been cool to relate what we’re watching and learning about to things we’ve been able to experiment with in real life.
Since their lava was blue, not quite frothy as it should be and they even switched to rice vinegar after using up all of my white vinegar, I am going to link you to a much more precise blog post about building your own volcano here.
And if you want to check out some of the cool science-inspired titles Netflix has selected this month, here they are:
For the little guys…
1. The Magic School Bus Gains Weight
2. Fetch: With Ruff
3. Animal Mechanicals, Balloon Volcano Island
4. Sid the Science Kid
And for the older kids…
1. Nova: Hunting the Elements
3. Deadliest Volcanoes: Nova
4. Let your mind wonder