It’s gonna blow!

Volcano !

After a week of all things sweet and springy we needed something bold! Volcanoes are so powerful and fascinating . The science project bellow is always a hit, I know I made many as a child and have made more than a few in the last few weeks.

  1. Gather your materials. You’ll need 2 pieces of construction paper, red and yellow tissue paper, crayons, scissors and glue.
  2. Start by drawing a volcano o the brown construction paper. If your child is able have them do this.
  3. Color the volcano. We used crayons but markers or even paint would work.
  4. While they color jaggedly cut out the tissue paper.
  5. Cut out the volcano.
  6. While you are cutting it out you can use this time to have your child practice cutting too. This has been a favorite part of art time at our house lately. I hand my son some play scissors ( ours are simple plastic ones- they cut but aren’t sharp) and some scrap paper and he loves it.
  7. Time to glue!add glue to the 2nd piece of construction paper and glue your volcano down.
  8. Next add the glue for the lava.
  9. Add the tissue paper- no need to be careful just smack it on!
  10. Let dry.

Science Experiment !
I’m sure you remember this from childhood, I know I do, especially the time I used red food dye , in the days before magic erasers. When we do this at home we normally do it in the sink to avoid too much clean up. I couldn’t get good pictures in the sink so the container worked in a pinch, although I have to admit I was worried it would overflow.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a clear jar, baking soda, vinegar and if you want red sanding sugar makes great lava.
  2. Add the lava to the jar.
  3. Pour the baking soda into the jar- we used about 1/4 of a cup which was enough for two eruptions. Stir of shake the jar with the lid on to mix the baking soda and the sanding sugar.
  4. Add the vinegar ( again about 1/4 cup).
  5. Erupt !
  6. Be prepare for your child to beg for it again and again. Have extra vinegar ready!


“Volcanoes” by Franklyn M. Branley is another great book in the “Let’s Read and Find Out Science” series. I can’t say enough about this series of early non fiction books, they explain things in easy to understand and interesting to preschoolers ( and school age ) way. This book was no exception, the photos kept my toddler saying “Whoa! ” over and over even if he is a bit young still for the text. This book would be great for 3-6 year olds interested in volcanoes.

“An Island Grows” by Lola M. Schaefer is so pretty it reminds me of what the store Anthropologie would look if it was a children’s book about how islands are formed. It’s part antique fabric, part funky modern floral patterns… this was the book that I was saying “Whoa” each time I turned the page. It does a great job explaining how islands grow from under water volcanoes too !

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  1. Stacy says

    This is my kids favorite activity of all time. We’ve never gone so technical as a volcano. Usually we just put a little bit of baking soda in muffin cups, then pour vinegar over it. They could do it forever.

  2. Sharon says

    Allie–I tagged you as being one of the most Kreativ blogs I read! You really are wonderfully creative and inspirational! Thanks!!! PS–I’ve done the volcano trick w/ the boys….it IS a HIT!

  3. Angie says

    Alright, I see that great minds think a like. I had tagged you for the Kreativ Blog Award, but it looks someone else has too. But I really wanted to let you know that I love your blog. You inspire me. Thank you. You can still check out the award here.

  4. Allie says

    Muffin tins with an eye dropper would be a great less messy way of doing this – I think we did that in grade 2 , we had to figure out which was baking soda vs powder and water vs vinegar.

    Thank you so much for the awards ladies – I left comments on both your blogs !

  5. Jessica says

    We happened to be watching “Shark Boy and Lava Girl” for the 15th time in 4 days. So this went right along with the movie. And that made it easy to get them away from the tv! Thanks

  6. Beth says

    LOVE this and you are a life saver!!

    We had friends coming over this morning for a playdate and we wanted to do a craft with them. Of course I flipped on your site about 15 minutes before our guest were going to arrive, nothing like waiting until the last minute!

    This was an easy craft for a range of ages and they ALL loved watching the “real” volcano! Even though I didn’t have enough vineagar and our volcano didn’t completely “erupt” but the effect was still and the kids loved it none the less!

    Thank for your great ideas!! You are just awesome!!

  7. Toni says

    we love the volcanoe experiment and have done it many times here, and probably will do it many more. your right they love doing it over and over,nows a good time to get the vinegar its on sale for the easter season


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