Homemade Lava Bottles

These have been on my to do list ever since I saw them over on Meet the Dubiens!  The question that kept coming to my mind was “how the heck is this going to work?”  And when that question goes through my mind… I have to figure it out.  So 14 months later… here we are.

I can’t even begin to tell you how cool these are!  And how much my kids loved them.  Who am I kidding… I was pretty fascinated by them as well!  And so easy!
You will need:
*clear plastic bottles
* vegetable oil (or any kind of oil)
* water
* food coloring
* Alka Seltzer

Remove the label from the bottle and fill about 3/4 of the way with oil.  Fill the rest of the way with water.

Add about 10 drops of food coloring.  The food coloring will stay in tony beads while it travells to the water.  It will take a couple of minutes and then penetrate the water and turn it.  It’s pretty cool to watch.

Cut up a tablet of Alka Seltzer into about 8 pieces.

Add one piece of Alka Seltzer at a time and watch what it does.

I wish my pictures were better because this was so darn cool!!!  You can add as many pieces of Alka Seltzer in as you would like and watch the bubbles.  But be careful adding too much at once, it just makes a bubbling whirlpool =o)

I’m so glad we finally made these!!!

I hope you make these too and enjoy them as much as we did!

I’m linking to the parties on my sidebar.

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Comments

  1. Hi Erin! Thanks for stopping by Dwell on Joy! I love the name of your blog – and looks like you have TONS of great ideas for kids and I’ve got three of my own! Following ya!

  2. now that is just too Cool! Great job! Maria http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/

  3. This is so neat. My kiddos will be on spring break soon and I will definitely be trying this with them. Thanks for sharing!

    Lisa

  4. This is a way cool idea!! Who ever thought it could be so easy!

  5. You’ve got such great ideas. Following you now.

  6. Wow! those are so cool! I can’t wait to try them myself- I just started following you (found you though a link party)

    I’m over at
    http://www.penpalsandpicturebooks.com

  7. What a fun idea, this would be a cool experiment to try!

  8. Looks very cool 🙂

  9. cute idea. I will add it to my list of summer time ideas!

  10. Love your idea! Thanks for linking it up to Mommy Solutions! I”m featuring you on my Facebook page. Have a great week, Crystal

  11. Thanks for joining Your Cozy Home Party. That’s a cute idea and fun for the little ones. ———-Shannon

  12. Such a fun project! Thank you so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  13. How fun!! We will definitely have to try this. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you will share with us again this week!

  14. Ashley Hustead says:

    Such a net project..how long does the bubbles last?

    • Hi Ashley – The bubbles last for awhile. After everything settles, just shake it up and it starts all over again. We saved our bottles for about 6 months and they were still excellent!

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