Smiling like Sunshine: Make a lava lamp

Friday, 15 July 2011

Make a lava lamp

We made a lava lamp with Defne last week. 

 We prepared our materials: a bottle, food colouring, sunflower oil and salt.
 Then we filled 3/4of the bottle with water and the rest with sunflower oil. Added some salt and food colouring.
Then Defne enjoyed shaking it.

To make it a bit sparkly we added some glitter,too.
She is still a bit young, but we talked about how oil and water do not mix. For a better effect we later added a few alka seltzer tablets. This got her very excited indeed :)
Great fun as little ones  LOVE  watching the bubbles emerging in the bottle.
For a real lava lamp effect, shine a flashlight through the bottom of the bottle.

Happily shared with The Play Academy, Get Crafty. Preschool Corner, It's Playtime and Something for the weekend.


  1. Ooooh what a wonderfully perfectly fun craft and science experiment in one! Lovely indeed!

    Thanks for linking to Kids Get Crafty!


  2. Clever! I will keep this project in son loves shaking bottles of anything. He's a little young to get the water-oil aspect, but I'm sure he would still enjoy it.

  3. oh, how fun!!!! :) would love for you to link up to the Sunday Showcase, my child centered weekly linky park -


  4. Slyvia and Maggy,thank you.
    Bernadette,thanks for the invitation,linked up :)


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