Volcanoes!

6 04 2008

Seth is beyond enamored with volcanoes. It all started with an Usborne book which came in a pack of books from a Scholastic book order. I ordered the pack because I’ve been searching for good books for preschoolers on skeletons and body parts, another of his interests. I thought one of the books in the pack might fit this bill nicely. However, once I received the set I realized it is intended a slightly older age bracket. Unfortunately, Scholastic book orders are, of course, delivered to the child at school so I was unable to review the book prior to Seth getting his hands on it. Otherwise I believe I would have removed the volcano book straight away due to a couple pages on Pompeii. Specifically, the photo of a plaster cast of a man who had perished by choking to death on ash. Lesson learned. I found myself particularly at a loss when Seth questioned me on this page and so I fell back on the actual text. I believe he was first drawn in by the sketch of a skeleton buried in ash and he made me read this page over and over with thousands of questions along the way. During the last couple weeks he has been engaged in acting out volcanoes erupting AND choking to death on ash. Completing the scenario is a scientist who fills the body with plaster and it comes back to life. Obviously the concept of death isn’t quite complete in my 3 year old’s mind. In an effort to refocus this creativity I suggested we make our very own volcano in the kitchen. Here I give you our version of Mt. Vesuvius, complete with instructions:

1. Let one inquisitive child pour baking soda in a cup set on a plate in the kitchen or out of doors. By no means should you measure, but if you need a rough idea a couple tablespoon should more than do it.

2. As the adult in control, pour vinegar into said cup. What! You didn’t pour enough? Just pour some more on top. Maybe 1/2 cup in the end? It depends on the size of your glass.

3. Watch with awe.

Next time maybe we’ll add food coloring for realism and dish soap to slow it down a bit. I’m going to hold off on the paper mache volcanic mountain for a bit though.

In the end, I’m glad we got the books. It’s been quite an experience. As for my original quest, does anyone out there have any suggestions for preschool appropriate books on body parts or skeletons? Preferably no death scenes.

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6 responses

7 04 2008
Sarah

We have one that Felix likes a lot. here it is on Amazon. I don’t know if it is printed anymore but it is really basic, good photos and illustrations, and no death.

I love where you took his volcano interest though…that experiment is so cool!

7 04 2008
painted fish studio

when i clean my bathroom, i make my toilet into a volcano! :) i use baking soda, and vinegar with a few drops of lavender essential oil, and viola! volcano and a clean toilet!

7 04 2008
threesneakybugs

Hilarious! It’s how I clean my kitchen sink drain which is how I thought to do it in the first place. Cleaning tips from a children’s science experiment. Who’d a thunk it?

7 04 2008
Design for Mankind

Oh how cute is your little one!?!

8 04 2008
smoothpebble

My kids used to do this over and over and over. Sometimes they got into my good vinegar (you know the raspberry vinegar and the rice vinegar) instead of the cheap stuff!

9 04 2008
Anna Yamaura

I have a completely inappropriate body parts book I can send you photos of. At my last teaching gig (where I got up the duff), someone had donated all these Japanese books which the school tried to give to me (phasing out the language see). I needed more older kids books like a hole in the head but took them out of the library (with the help of some detention slaves). One of the kids started thumbing through the books and found one called hadaka (Japanese for nude) aimed at the 3-5 year olds. Hmmm entertaining graphics of what makes a boy a boy and girl a girl (kids and parents) but at a conservative Catholic school?? A lot of immature teachers, sat in the back corner of the staffroom and killed themselves (because it is funny). The principal insisted I take it home (as if I was going to leave that treasure there) and gave it to S for Christmas (seeing that I got it in late October and managed to keep it a secret until December is beyond me). Definately not for your son but Anna, I think you would like the laugh.

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