Fun Fall Preschool Project: Mini Pumpkin Volcanoes
I don’t believe that my son’s education should be limited to the classroom. No, I believe that learning is not only a lifelong endeavor, but something that should happen as often as possible. With that in mind, I’m always on the lookout for projects that are educational but still fun. The two of us are always trying new crafts, games, and experiments that introduce new topics, improve coordination and fine motor skills, and demand creativity and imagination. This frugal, educational, and fun fall preschool project really hits the mark.
This fall preschool project for mini pumpkin volcanoes introduces the concept of chemistry and chemical reactions, encourages following instructions, and is a tad messy (so my son is sure to love it)!
In addition to being inexpensive and educational, I like this fall preschool project because it doesn’t take a ton of time and effort. You really get a lot of “bang for your buck”, so to speak. While it is a little messy, if you think ahead and use garbage bags and a deep enough plastic container, you can definitely contain the “eruption” from this fall preschool project which will make cleanup pretty quick.
During the “experiment” and after, make sure to explain the science behind the mini pumpkin volcanoes to your little one. He or she may not fully understand the behind the scenes stuff involved in this fall preschool project just yet, but you’re planting a seed of knowledge that will hopefully blossom over time.
So, what causes these mini pumpkin volcanoes to erupt: You’re mixing baking soda (a base) and vinegar (an acid) together which causes a chemical reaction. This reaction produces carbon dioxide (a colorless, odorless gas) which causes the eruption. Want to learn more about the science behind this fall preschool project? Read Questions From Kids: Why Does Baking Soda React With Vinegar?
Food coloring: Orange, purple, green
Large plastic lid or container
1. Carve out the top of each pumpkin.
2. Scoop out most of the insides (this doesn’t need to be perfect).
3. Bring pumpkins outside and set them on a lid or in a container.
4. Add a couple tablespoons of baking soda to each pumpkin.
5. Add a couple squirts of dish soap to each pumpkin.
6. Add one squirt of each color of food coloring to each pumpkin.
7. Start pouring vinegar into each pumpkin; you’ll likely need about 1/3 cup for each.
Watch your pumpkins erupt!
Note: You can rinse the pumpkins out and try this fall preschool project again and again! Trust me, your kids will
request demand that you do so! 🙂
Want more fun fall preschool projects and activities? Follow Freebie Finding Mom’s Activities for Kids Pinterest board and check out 50 Fall Crafts for Kids.
- Dish soap
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Food coloring: Orange, purple, green
- Mini pumpkins
- Large plastic lid or container
- Carve out the top of each pumpkin.
- Scoop out most of the insides (this doesn’t need to be perfect).
- Bring pumpkins outside and set them on a lid or in a container.
- Add a couple tablespoons of baking soda to each pumpkin.
- Add a couple squirts of dish soap to each pumpkin.
- Add one squirt of each color of food coloring to each pumpkin.
- Start pouring vinegar into each pumpkin; you’ll likely need about 1/3 cup for each.