Making a volcano at home is a very interesting project for kids. It is an ideal science experiment where kids learn about chemical reactions and also about volcano eruption.
We made many volcanoes, again and again last week. Kids were thrilled and excited while making the volcanoes. It is a very good project for home school or school project. I found this project here.
You can make volcanoes using various methods. I found this method to be the most simplest and easiest one. All you need are few things from the kitchen – just the basic stuff like dish soap, baking soda and vinegar. When you combine these there ingredients, you would get an exotic volcano. Also these ingredients are chemical or toxic free. Then why not try it at home?
When kids watch the homemade volcano, they learn about the power of geological formations.
Now, shall we go ahead and make a volcano?
Making volcano at home: things you will need:
- 1 plastic cup
- 3-4 tablespoon of baking soda at least
- 1 teaspoon of dish soap
- 1/2 oz to 2 oz of washable paint, depending on the intensity of the color desired
- 1 cup (8 oz) of vinegar to start with per eruption
Making volcano at home: let’s make a volcano:
1. Pour water in a plastic cup. Fill it to be 2/3 full. In order to avoid the mess, I used a large bowl but you can try this experiment in a pea gravel or sand area. Add baking soda and dish soap.2. Add the paint and mix well. Adding a bit of food coloring will result in red-orange lava. Orange seems to work the best. Add some red, yellow, and even purple, for a bright display. Now, it’s time for the eruption. Let’s pour vinegar until it starts foaming over and pouring it’s lava all over the large bowl. After the eruption, you can add vinegar three times to the baking soda mixture in order to get three more volcano eruptions.
Making volcano at home: teach kids about the simple facts about the volcano
- The word volcano originally comes from the name of the Roman god of fire, Vulcan.
- Volcanoes are openings in the Earth’s surface.It is a mountain that erupts.
- Rock under the earth’s surface is so hot that it melts. This melted rock is called magma. Erupting magma is called lava.
- When volcanoes are active they can let ash, gas and hot magma escape in sometimes violent and spectacular eruptions.
- Volcanoes become bigger every time they erupt as the lava cools and makes a new layer of rock.
- Volcanoes can erupt under water and form new islands from the cooled lava.
- Volcanoes can be found on the moon and other planets.
- There are more than 1500 active volcanoes on Earth.
- Most volcanoes happen on fault lines, or cracks in the Earth’s surface.
- Lava from volcanoes can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Pompeii was an ancient city that was completely buried in ash and lava.