Homemade Volcano -what does it look like when a volcano erupts?

IMG_0493.JPGHomemade Volcano IMG_0496what does it look like when a volcano erupts?

This project is a really simple exploring the world/science project to do. It is easy but messy and you only need a few basic materials. You can either make your own volcano as we did first (this gives you the chance to discuss shape and how volcanoes are formed), then paint (discussing colours) to create a more realistic experiment.

Or you can if you rather just do the experiment in a cup/bottle on its own.

Q: What does it look like when a volcano erupts?

A: Volcanoes are openings in the earth. When they are active, they are very violent and can throw ash, gas and magma (melted liquefied rock) for many miles. When the lava cools down it reforms the landscape and rocks. In this experiment you will discover what happens when vinegar and baking soda mix. They combine inside the cup and are forced out the opening similar to how a volcano erupts.

How to make.

Level: Easy.

Cost: Little.

Enjoyment: We had Lots of fun with this experiment. The boys were very impressed, discussed lots of their own theories about volcanoes and enjoyed watching.

Time: varied.

It depends If you choose to make your own volcano – 20 minutes to make, overnight to dry, 10 minutes to paint and overnight to dry again.

Experiment approx 10 minutes.

You will need: 

  • A plastic cup or bottle.
  • A paper plate.
  • Pva glue / brush / paint.
  • Newspaper or any other scrap paper.
  • 2 cups of vinegar.
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
  • 1 teaspoon of red food colouring (You could use glitter as well if you wish).

 To do: 

  1. Create your volcano – Stick your cup on to a paper plate to form a base.IMG_0434.JPGIMG_0435.JPG
  2. Then stick some cut up newspaper with Pva glue around the cup to form a volcano.IMG_0438.JPG
  3. Leave it to dry overnight.
  4. Paint.IMG_0488.JPGIMG_0444.JPG
  5. Leave it to dry overnight.
  6. To create explosion. We did ours in the garden! Pour the baking soda into your cup or bottle.
  7. Mix your vinegar and red food colouring together in a jug.
  8. Pour the vinegar into the baking soda and watch the eruption. The Vinegar will expand in the Soda and spew out of the container.
  9. Watch and see what happens – it takes a few minutes.

Enjoy emmas xxxIMG_0501.JPG

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: