How to Make a Lava Lamp

Making a lava lamp at home is easy and fun!  We have done this activity a few times, and it never fails to WOW my girls....all while exploring a bit of Science.

Make a Lava Lamp
Make a lava lamp and WOW the kids- super simple FUN!
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Lava Lamp Materials (affiliate links provided)
How-To
  • Fill the jar you are using 3/4 of the way with baby oil, and then add water until the jar is almost full but not all the way filled.  Then add several drops of food coloring

Make a lava lamp & WOW the kids- super simple FUN!

  • Then wait for things to settle.  The food coloring will mix into the water and settle at the bottom after a few moments.  Once the water is settled it is time to make the lava lamp bubble and FIZZ
Make a lava lamp & WOW the kids- super simple FUN!

  • Have little ones break Alka Seltzer tablets into pieces and slowly drop them in.  They can add more or less to create different effects.  
Make a lava lamp & WOW the kids- super simple FUN!
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So incredibly FUN!


Make a lava lamp & WOW the kids- super simple FUN!

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Make a lava lamp & WOW the kids- super simple FUN!

Rosie and Jewel added so much Alka Seltzer that the lava lamp started to fizzle over.  The girls thought that was the coolest thing!

Make a lava lamp & WOW the kids- super simple FUN!

Make A Lava Lamp

Make a lava lamp- super simple fun!

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SUPER Simple Fun!
A Few Tips:  You can find generic Alka Seltzer at the Dollar Tree.  You may want to keep paper towels close by in case your kids add a lot of Alka Seltzer at once like Rosie and Jewel did.  You can also keep the lava lamp set up and return to the fun later.  We still have ours.

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