Turn your next craft day into an educational one!
Looking for an easy, crafty project that’s educational for kids too? The DIY Exploding Volcano Project is easy for kids of any age. Add teachable moments to your Volcano Day, like labeling parts of a volcano, learning how to create fertile soil to grow plants and crops, and what causes a volcano to erupt. Join the Magic School Bus Science Club to receive more science experiments, like this exploding volcano, to your door every month!
Watch how to create your own exploding volcano!
Want to create your own exploding volcano? Follow the instructions below.
- Water bottle
- 2 Pieces of black construction paper
- 2 cups of warm water
- 2 cups of flour
- Black or brown paint
On a covered surface, tape a water bottle to cardboard
Tape 2 pieces of black construction paper to the water bottle to create a cone shape.
Warm up 2 cups of water
Add 2 cups of flour to the warm water & mix together
Cut 1 to 3-inch strips of newspaper.
Dip the newspaper strips into the flour mixture to create paper maché strips. (Tip: use a wide paintbrush or spatula to cover the strips with the mixture to avoid getting your hands gooey!) Layer the newspaper strips and cover the entire cone.
Dry your volcano for a couple hours. Place it in a sunny spot to dry, or allow to dry overnight.
Once your paper maché volcano is dry, paint it! Get creative to add rocky points, or decorate with actual dirt around the cardboard surface.
Add the Magic Explosion Mix
Magic Explosion Mix Recipe:
- 4 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 5 drops of liquid soap detergent
- 5 drops of red food coloring
Mix these ingredients together and pour into the crater of the volcano (water bottle spout) first.
Then, when you’re ready to explode the volcano, add 1/4 cup vinegar.
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Join the Magic School Bus Science Club to receive monthly science experiments to your door. Be sure to grab all 12 kits here before May 31st.
Developed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, and educators, the award-winning Magic School Bus Science Kits are delivered monthly right to your doorstep. Children will explore science through experiments that will spark an interest and curiosity in science.
Each kit includes a colorful manual based on The Magic School Bus characters, as well as everything you need to complete at least seven experiments related to that month’s theme.
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