Quick summary: In this activity students make their own lava lamp.
These Snappy Science resources have been created to boost science education in primary schools across Australia. Each lesson is designed to support teachers with the scientific knowledge, ideas and resources to stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity in their students. Many of the big issues that Australian society will face in the future are around technology, energy, resources and climate change. All of these require students to engage with science – but most of all to enjoy science!
Science at Home: These Snappy Science resources can also be used to engage families in fun science and learning for life. You can download a student friendly version of this activity here and you can also check out the Snappy Science Digital Library.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Year 2 Science
- Different materials can be combined, including by mixing, for a particular purpose (ACSSU031)
Year 5 Science
- Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-12MW, ST2-7PW.
Time required: 15 – 20 minutes to set up and demonstrate with lava lamp.
Resources required: Clean 1 litre clear soft drink bottle, 3/4 cup of water, vegetable oil, antacid tablets (such as Quick-Eze or Mylanta), food colouring.
Safety advice: None.
Keywords: Lava lamp, water, oil.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.