Daily activity 82: Katia Krafft

July 14, 2020

This week’s theme:

Mysterious People – Inspirational Women pt.2

Fact of the day:

Katia Krafft was a daredevil who was fascinated by active volcanoes. She set out to study them, capturing their beauty with her camera.

Resources list:

Youtube; bicarb of soda, washing up liquid, a drop of food colouring, citrus fruits; kitchen foil; paper, red/orange fabric; dried rice/pea/lentils in a plastic tub; paint, straws.

Activity 1:

Katia Krafft (1942-1991) was a French volcanologists (somebody who studies Volcanoes), she regularly braved boiling hot lava flows and active eruptions. She often went into erupting volcanoes to study them and to take pictures and videos. Watch some footage here.

It took a lot of bravery to get so close to something so dangerous. Practice your power poses to help make you feel brave and courageous.

Activity 2:

It was Katia’s dream not to just look at photos of volcanoes but to see them in person. She wanted to be the first woman to film volcanoes as they were erupting as this had never been done before. She thought there was no sight was more beautiful than a volcano erupting right before her eyes.

Create a mini eruption using the acid in citrus fruit juice, and watch the beautiful bubbly ‘eruption’ like Katia would. You’ll need bicarb of soda, washing up liquid, a drop of food colouring, and try it out with different citrus fruits – lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits. Record your bubbly, fizzy findings with photos, like Katia would – share them with us on our FacebookInstagram or Twitter or send it to melanie@purplepatcharts.org and we’ll put it online for you!

Activity 3:

When Katia heard news that a volcano was going to erupt she rushed to it and scrambled to the crater to watch the lava. She wore a protective silver suit and helmet  so that she could withstand the heat from the molten lava (which was more than 1000 degrees hot).

Make your own tinfoil hat and shoe coverings to set off on your expedition to the summit of a volcano!

Activity 4:

Katia’s dream was to ride a boat down a lava flow.

Make a paper boat and with a piece of red/orange cloth (this could be a sheet, tablecloth, scarf, etc) either ask somebody to hold one end while you hold the other, or tie one end to the back of a chair while you hold the other end. Make the fabric bubble and jiggle like a river of molten hot lava. Can you carry your boat from one side of your river to the other using your rippling and flowing river motion.

Activity 5:

Play a game of ‘the floor is lava’. Imagine the floor in your house is made of lava. If you step onto the floor you’ll burn your feet. Create some stepping stones (marked out places on the floor) for you to jump between, making sure you don’t land anywhere else and into the lava! What happens when you move your stepping stones further apart? What if the floor is lava all morning – will you remember not to step into the lava as you go about your day?

Activity 6:

Make yourself a dried rice/pea/lentil shaker in a plastic tub, and play it along in time to this song about Volcanos.

Activity 7:

Make a bubbling lava artwork with straws and watered down red, orange and yellow paint.