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Fun With Volcanoes

I’m seeing a trend over the past few weeks of rainy Wednesdays here in Delaware. It always inspires me to write about indoor activities. Now in previous posts we’ve covered great family movies, fun games, and other miscellaneous rainy day activities. This week things are going to get a little messy because I’m going to tell you how to make a paper mache volcano! These are so easy to make  and always a crowd pleaser among the little ones. So here is what you will need:

Supply List:

  • A big table (a kitchen table works great) covered with a disposable table cloth or trash bags (for easy clean up)
  • An empty, cleaned out glass or plastic bottle
  • Cardboard
  • A plastic food tray
  • Duct Tape
  • Flour, water and a bowl and spoon for mixing.
  • newspaper
  • paint + paintbrushes
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Red food dye

For a more explosive (and messy) experiment also try:

  • Diet coke
  • Mint Mentos
  • Red food dye
  • Towels for cleanup!


  • Cover the table with the disposable plastic table cloth or trash bags. It’s also a good idea to line the table with an old towel or newspapers too to help soak up the mess after the eruption.
  • Tape the bottle to a plastic food tray. This will be the base. Make sure the bottle is securely taped to the base. This tray will also help keep things not too messy.
  • To make the shape of the volcano, crumple up newspaper and tape it around the bottle and to the base.
  • To make the paper mache batter, mix flour and water together until the consistency is similar to that of pancake batter.
  • Cut or rip strips of newspaper roughly one inch thick. Make sure you have plenty of strips so you can add multiple layers to your volcano.
  • Dip the paper strips into the batter. Make sure they get completely wet. Run the paper through your fingers to get off any excess batter.
  • Layer the strips around the volcano form. Make sure you do not cover the opening of the volcano and also that you cover the entire base thoroughly.
  • Wait for the paper mache to completely dry. This should take an hour or more but you can speed up the process a bit with a hair dryer.
  • Once the paper mache is dry it’s time to get painting! You can decorate your volcano in anyway you want, be creative, be unique!
  • After the paint drys it’s time for the eruption. Pour baking soda into the opening of the bottle in your volcano.
  • Mix vinegar with red food dye and when you are ready, quickly pour it in and watch the reaction create a volcanic eruption!
  • You can repeat the last two steps multiple times. Just keep adding more baking soda and vinegar.

For more explosive and messy results try (this is better if done outside):

  • Instead of using baking soda and vinegar, mix some red food dye with diet coke and pour that into the opening of the bottle in the volcano.
  • When your ready, very quickly drop a few mint Mentos into the opening, stand back and watch this fizzy, fast eruption!

Hope you all learned a little something and get the chance to try out this fun and educational craft.

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