Because the season is usually very long and very snowy, we tend to hit the books heaviest in the winter. Days filled with lessons, projects, reading and writing tend to keep the cabin fever at bay. Still, we like to get outdoors in short spurts, just to clear our heads and take in some of the fresh yet frozen air. Usually this involves some sledding, tossing snowballs to the dogs or whatever activity feels right at the time. Sometimes we even find a way to incorporate a homeschool lesson. And that’s exactly what happened the day we built a snowcano.
First, Professor Dad gave the kids a lecture about how volcanoes actually work. Then, we cuddled on the couch and watched a youtube video about them. Next, it was time to bundle up and head out on the back deck to build one of our own. The girls shaped the snow into a mound that resembled the volcanoes they had just seen in their lesson. Then they dug a hole in the top, mixed the “lava” concoction (baking soda, dish soap and food coloring)in a jar and stuck it in the hole. Next, pour in some vinegar to activate the mixture and watch it foam up and “erupt” over the sides.
For more detailed instructions, check out this post from The Blue Barn, where we found the snowcano that inspired ours.