For the base I used a big bag of brown lentils from the world food section of our supermarket and also a bag of play sand that we had in the shed. I added some clear packaging for a dinosaur pool, some rocks that we collected from the seaside a while back and some more rocks made from the Stone Clay that I received from Baker Ross. To make the volcano I used a plastic bottle and packed damp play sand around it, it wasn't pinterest beautiful but it has the effect I wanted and frankly my boys don't mind!
I filled the pool with white vinegar and coloured it blue, I also filled the bottle with white vinegar coloured red. The boys put their dinosaurs into the tuff spot and started playing. Once they started putting the dinosaurs into the pool I added a spoon of bicarbonate of soda in to make it into a fizzy jacuzzi pool. Of course the boys loved the fizzing.
Seb then wanted to try adding the bicarb to our volcano and whoosh it erupted and the 'lava' ran down the sides. I was so pleased that it worked. We kept making eruptions until the vinegar ran out. Seb wanted to know why it fizzed over so I talked a little about acids and reactions with him.
The boys carried on playing with the small world long after the vinegar ran out. I love watching and listening to them play like this. Alex spent a lot of time making his figures stomp and roar and enjoyed making footprints in the sand and washing them. Seb enjoyed burying dinosaurs and talking about how they would turn into fossils and be dug up.
This was great fun for us all, I love seeing the boys use their imagination and it was fun to add the erupting volcano science element to their play too. Dinosaur figures are a great addition to any child's toy collection.
Check out my other dinosaur posts.