The Page Turners at my library read Into the Volcano last month, which was an unusual choice in that it is - gasp! - nonfiction. One of the girls picked it up and actually said, "How can I read this? It has PICTURES. I don't read books with PICTURES." She didn't actually show up for our book club meeting, either, so it could be that she really doesn't read books with pictures.
At our meeting we discussed the book as is usual, then instead of having four different activities the kids could choose from, there was really only one. Well, there were two, but no one was really interested in the second one. So we spent the last half of book club making baking soda volcanoes, because blowing things up is awesome, and being allowed to do that in the library is even more awesome.
|The supplies for the baking soda volcanoes.|
The kids made their volcanoes in the foil trays, which helped contain most of the mess. When they were done making the volcanoes, I let them add baking soda, food coloring, and soap. If I did this again, I'd have them stir those items together with a craft stick before proceeding. Next we added vinegar, and because I was feeling adventurous I let the kids pour their own vinegar, which they thought was pretty much amazing.
|Poor dinos. They never knew what hit them.|
The second activity I had was a home made LEGO game similar to the LEGO pirate plank game that can be purchased in any local big box store. I made a LEGO volcano and used the micro figures and the die from the pirate game and also co-opted the rules. Instead of walking a plank, though, these micro figures were heading up the volcano. This probably would have been a popular game had it not been for the baking soda volcanoes.
Have you ever done a messy project in your library? How did you balance the kids' enthusiasm with the potential for disaster?