Lava Lamp Factory The Lava Lamp & Glitter Tube create dazzling optical effects by reflecting light from glitter and bubbling water.
Age Grading: 8+ Years Product Code: WS/99L
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Q1. What is an underwater volcano?
A1. An underwater (or ”„undersea”¦) volcano is an outpouring of lava and gas between cracks in the Earth”¦s crust that happens to occur under water. There are thousands of volcanos at the bottom of our oceans ”V more than there are on dry land! When lava erupts from an underwater volcano, it cools down very quickly and a crust forms on the outside of the lava. There are some great videos of undersea volcanos on the internet ”V just search for ”„underwater volcano video”¦.
Q2. My Lava Lamp isn”¦t working ”V the Fizzy Discs float on top of the oil. What should I do?
A2. Your Fizzy Discs should fall down through the oil and into the water. Once in the water, a chemical reaction should start, creating a spectacular bubbly display. If your Fizzy Discs are too small, they might not fall down through the oil. Try tapping the Lava Lap Jar on your workbench or use a pencil to push the Fizzy Disc down through the oil and into the water. You will have a very oily pencil, but at least your Lava Lamp will be working!
Q3. The instructions say to use vegetable oil from home in the Lava Lamp and Bubbling Glitter activities. Can I use baby oil instead?
A3. Yes! We tried these activities using baby oil and it worked really well. An adult should read the safety information on the bottle of baby oil and supervise its use at all times.
Q4. Why won”¦t my Fizzy Discs stay together?
A4. The red Fizzy Discs for the Lava Lamp are made by mixing sodium bicarbonate and citric acid powders, and binding them together with a few drops of red colour. You will see a little bit of fizzing when you add the food colouring as the water in the red colour causes the two chemicals to react. If you have the right amount of water, the mixture should be crumbly. Press it firmly into the moulds and make sure you leave the mixture in the mould for at least 1 minute.
If you are still having trouble with the Fizzy Discs crumbling when they come out of the mould, try adding a smear of vegetable oil on the mould before you add the mixture ”V this will help the Fizzy Discs fall out easily.