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Light up your life with lava lamps...
Impress your friends with this lava lamp - the perfect
distraction from homework!
What you need:
- Plastic or glass bottle
- Vegetable oil
- Food colouring
- Alka-Seltzer or other antacid tablets
- Glitter (optional)
- Torch (optional)
- Fill the bottle a quarter full with water.
- Add a few drops of food colouring until you like the colour you
see. You can add glitter too.
- Fill the bottle almost to the top with vegetable oil. Let the
- Break up two Alka-Seltzer tablets and drop them in the mixture.
Watch your lava lamp bubble!
You can shine a torch behind or underneath your lava lamp to see
it glow. If you want to keep your lava lamp, use a bottle with a
lid. When you've finished with your lava lamp for the day, put the
lid back on. To use it again, take the lid off and add more
Here's Science Bob showing you how to make a lava lamp:
Oil is less dense than water, so it sits on top of the water and
food colouring mix. The water and oil separate into two layers.
Alka-Seltzer tablets dissolve in the water and react to make
bubbles of carbon dioxide gas. The gas bubbles rise up and take
some of the coloured water with them to the surface of the oil.
When the gas in the bubbles escape through the top of the bottle,
the water droplets fall back to the bottom. When all the gas has
escaped, the water and oil separate into two layers again. Add more
Alka-Seltzer to restart your lava lamp!