The Ice Volcano Experiment - Free Science Experiments

The Ice Volcano Experiment!

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If the weather is getting a bit warm for you how about we cool everything down with an Ice Volcano! 

Oh, and learn a thing or two about chemical reactions too.

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What Do I Need?

  • Baking powder
  • White vinegar
  • Food colouring
  • Bowl
  • Glasses
  • Plate
  • Pipette (optional)
Ice Volcano - What Do I Need?

How Do I Do It?

STEP1 - Our first step is to build our Ice Volcano. Take a container of baking powder (approx 150g) and mix together with some warm water in a bowl.

STEP2 - Keep mixing your baking powder and warm water together until most of the baking powder has dissolved.

STEP3 - Let’s freeze our Ice Volcano! Gently place your bowl full of water mixed with baking powder in the freezer and leave overnight.

STEP4 - Take the Ice Volcano out of the freezer and let it warm up for 5 minutes before turning it over onto a plate.

STEP5 - Use different food colourings to colour our white vinegar.

STEP6 - Eruption! Add the coloured vinegar to your Ice Volcano and witness the eruption!

Ice Volcano - How Do I Do It?

What’s Going On?

Your Ice Volcano is a perfect example of the classic acid + base reaction. 

As our Ice Volcano is made from baking powder it is a base (or alkali!). The vinegar that we add is an acid. 

When we mix the acid and the base (vinegar and baking powder) we get a chemical reaction. 

Those bubbles that you can see are bubbles of carbon dioxide.

Ice Volcano - What’s Going On?
More Fun Please! - Experiment Like A Real Scientist!
  • What’s the perfect quantity of baking powder to make the most active Ice Volcano?
  • What could you use instead of white vinegar to trigger your volcano?
  • Try using regular brown vinegar or some lemon juice on your Ice Volcano. 
  • What difference does that make?
Ice Volcano - Experiment Like A Real Scientist!
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