Family STEAM: At Home DIY Lava Bottles

Posted on June 19, 2020

by Javier Porras

Maybe it’s just my kid, but my daughter seems to see something on “youtube kids”, and all of the sudden there’s a bunch of art supplies being pulled out and a huge mess all over the kitchen. Most of the time, I only see the mess, but as a dad I see creativity, excitement, and spontaneous learning happening.


It’s opportunities for spontaneous learning that we want to encourage with our online “Family STEAM at home” events. We want to give families the chance to explore the benefits of STEAM together, at home.


But, what is STEAM? STEAM stands for;







STEAM aims to spark an interest and lifelong love of the arts and sciences in children from an early age. We achieve this goal by providing fun activities that you can do together as a family. This D.I.Y. lava bottle experiment was done with my daughter and we encourage you to give it a try.


For the most part, I used to watch these videos with my daughter, and think to myself, that “it seemed easy enough and that I could do it.” But I never really did and would find one excuse or another to not do it. But give it a try, because when your child sees that you encourage their interest in these activities, their interests grow. And with their interest, also grows their creativity, joy, and knowledge.


To participate, Gather these supplies and we’ll show you how to make your own liquid lava.

What you’ll need:

  • food coloring
  • Vegetable oil
  • water
  • Alka Seltzer Tablet
  • empty water bottle with lid

We’ll discuss why oil and water just won’t mix and what the baking and soda and vinegar have to do with it anyway.

Visit our online Calendar of Events to find more Family STEAM at home events coming soon.

Javier Porras

Javier Porras

Javier is a Community Engagement Librarian. He teaches library classes, plans programs, and helps customers learn new technologies. Outside of the library, you might find him knitting, playing the recorder, or sailing with his captain wife.

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