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Stacey Solomon Makes DIY Lava Lamp To Keep Kids Entertained

Stacey Solomon Makes DIY Lava Lamp To Keep Kids Entertained

TV star Stacey Solomon has shared how to safely make a lava lamp at home - and it's the perfect way to keep kids entertained during lockdown.

Like many parents around the world, the mum-of-three is on the hunt for fun and educational activities for her little ones during quarantine.

Sharing a sweet video of her seven-year-old son Leighton making the colourful creation, the former X-Factor contestant enthused: "They go for AGES, so quick and easy to make... and the boys LOVE THEM & could watch them all day."

Stacey started by peeling a label off a glass bottle using boiling water (Credit: Instagram / @staceysolomon)
Stacey started by peeling a label off a glass bottle using boiling water (Credit: Instagram / @staceysolomon)
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The DIY lava lamps - made with kitchen ingredients - are a safe project for children.

Anne Helmensine, who has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Tennessee and co-writes the online science resource Sciencenotes.org, says that while "lava lamps that you buy use high heat and toxic chemicals, you can make a lava lamp at home using safe kitchen ingredients".

Using store cupboard ingredients such as Alka Seltzer tablets, natural oils and food colouring - as recommended in Stacey's how-to guide - "results in a non-toxic lava lamp that is safe for kids to make and use."

Next, fill the bottle with vegetable oil or baby oil (Credit: Instagram / @staceysolomon)
Next, fill the bottle with vegetable oil or baby oil (Credit: Instagram / @staceysolomon)
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You will need:

  • An empty glass bottle
  • Food colouring
  • Milton tablet or Alka Seltzer tablet
  • Baby Oil or Vegetable Oil

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Step-by-step:

1. Start by taking a label off an empty glass bottle. Stacey wrote that "the easiest way to do this I've found is by pouring hot water into it and leaving it for a while until it's cooled down. The warm water melts the glue & it peels straight off."

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2. Next, "fill the bottle just over halfway with baby oil and topped with a bit of water".

Add a few drops of food colouring to the bottle (Credit: Instagram / @staceysolomon)
Add a few drops of food colouring to the bottle (Credit: Instagram / @staceysolomon)

3. Now, add a few drops of food colouring. Kids can select their favourite colours - Stacey's son Leighton chose orange and yellow.

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4. Lastly, add in a broken Milton tablet (or an Alka Seltzer tablet) and watch the magic happen.

Stacey's final clip shows Leighton's yellow-coloured lava lamp bubbling away, with globs of bright colour drifting to the surface.

The final result
The final result

Simple, cost-effective and hours of fizzy fun.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram / @staceysolomon

Topics: lockdown, Mum, Kids, Home, Celebrity, Life

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Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.