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How to make an erupting volcano

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Grab our step by step instructions to make and erupt your own paper mâché volcano!

How to make an erupting volcano

Making a real erupting volcano is a brilliant activity for kids, not only does it incorporate art with the designing and making a paper mâché volcano but it finishes off with a bit of scientific experimentation and a chemical reaction.

A brilliant activity for keeping kids busy during the school holidays. 

school boy erupting paper mâché volcano with baking soda and vinegar

What you need to make a paper mâché erupting volcano

  • a thick piece of cardboard as a base for your volcano
  • a clean empty bottle – wide neck is easier to drop the bicarbonate of soda into.
  • sticky tape to seal the bottle lid whilst you create the mountain around it.
  • paper mache – we used old torn newspapers dipped in a flour and water solution 2 parts plain flour to 4 parts water. Just keep making it up every time you run out – quantity needed depends how big your volcano is going to be.
  • paints for decorating the paper mache volcano
  • 400ml white vinegar
  • 4 tsp red food colouring
  • 5-6 tsp bicarbonate of soda

How to make and erupt a paper mâché volcano

  • Stand the bottle onto the piece of cardboard – tape over the opening and start to build up the paper mache mountain around it – you’ll need to do this in several sessions so that it gets chance to dry before the next layers are put on.
kids making a paper mâché volcano
all helping to make the paper mache volcano
  • Once your paper mache volcano is finished and dry – paint it.
  • When the paint is dry – ERUPT IT!
  • Remove the sticky tape from the opening of the bottle – pour in the vinegar and red food colouring.
  • Tip in the bicarbonate of soda.
  • Watch the eruption!
kid erupting a paper mâché volcano
tipping in the baking soda

More simple science projects for you to try… 

kids homemade paper mâché volcano being erupted with baking soda and vinegar

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