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DIY Lava Lamp Experiment

DIY Lava Lamp
Nutty came home from school a few days ago all excited about a science experiment she did at school that day. She wanted to show me and Tottie a DIY Lava Lamp and thought it was perfect for my blog too. So…without further ado, her is Nutty showing you how to make a lava lamp…

Don’t worry, if you can’t view the video, here’s the written instructions…

You’ll need:

  • A glass jar or vase
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Cooking oil (such as vegetable oil or olive oil)
  • Salt

1) Fill the jar 1/2 to 3/4 full with water

2) Add oil so that it forms a thick layer on top

3) Add about 3 drops of food coloring. If the coloring gets stuck in the vegetable oil, swirl the jar until it drops or pop the food coloring bubbles with a tooth pick. I’m not sure why you can’t add the food coloring before the oil but Nutty was insistent that you have to add it after the oil.

4) After the food coloring disperses through the water, pour salt into the jar and watch the lava lamp! *PLEASE NOTE* The salt can not be poured from a shaker, it must be poured from a cup or the salt container itself. The salt stream must be thick and fast for the experiment to work.

There you have it, a DIY Lava Lamp experiment!

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