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Over spring break, my family and I visited the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. The trip had been one that we had been planning for a long time and we were all very excited.  For my son who is 7 years old and extremely curious about science nature, the buzz about our upcoming trip, naturally stemmed to conversations about volcanos. He had lots of questions about how volcanos worked and if he would see one while we were on vacation.

Maui’s volcano has not been active in many years and is surrounded by a rainforest, so I knew getting a great view of it while we were away would be unlikely. So before we left, to further embrace his curiosity, and continue the dialogue, we broke out our ALEX Kid Concoctions Mix N Blast Volcano Set.

We began our adventure by taking out the volcano tray, lava mixing powders and water squirter to activate the volcano. To stage the scene, the set comes with black slime for a swamp area and dinosaurs to play with.

The entire family enjoys science activities, and while this game is for ages 6 and up, with assistance our 3 year old joined the fun too.

My son, ever the Spiderman fanatic quickly pointed out that the “black slime” looked like Spiderman-Venom. He and my 3 year old took turns stomping the dinosaurs around the play set, getting them stuck in the swamp and activating the volcano over, and over again with the water squirter.

The kids literally had a blast :-) And the added bonus for mom was that cleanup was super easy!

A 2010 Nickelodeon Parents Pick Nominee, today’s guest blogger, Corine, has been a member of the blogging community since 2003. Corine’s lifestyle site, Complicatedmama.com highlights fun finds and topics for the fun, chaotic, and sometimes complicated life of mom.

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