To wrap up our multicultural experience in Ecuador I made a volcano and did a lava flow demonstration. I really hadn't planned on doing this, but the more I researched Ecuador, the more interesting their volcano became. The name of Ecuador's volcano is Tungurahua; it means "Throat of Fire". Perfect name for a volcano! This volcano is one of the prominent scenes in Ecuadorian art.
tray or large storage container
Approximate cost: $2
Follow these directions from Create-Kids-Crafts. I used a taller cup for the "well" of our volcano and filled it with 1/3 cup baking soda. We were able to make ours "erupt" five times by pouring 1/2 cup of vinegar each time into the well.
I explained how a volcano erupts by likening it to a bad stomach ache that progresses until you throw up. I may have just grossed some of you out, but we're teaching kids here! The girls: "Eewwww!" The boys: "Cool!" One child: "I did that last week!" I guarantee they won't forget our lesson on Ecuador's volcano.
Color a volcano.
And that about wraps up this year's multicultural crafting fun. I gotta say thank you to Megan and my husband whose help made this year's session run so smoothly. You are both TREASURES! I've got one more post tomorrow to finish out Multicultural Crafting with Kids 2011. Get ready for some adventure!