#365: Make a Volcano

Instructions for making a volcano:

To make a BIG volcano, you will need:

- 250mL (1 cup) Vinegar
- 60 mL (4 tbsp) Baking Soda
- Red food coloring—about 4 drops (optional)
- Dish Detergent—about 6 drops
- jar or bottle (This will be your volcano. Or a volcano can be made from clay or paper maché.)
- stir stick that reaches the bottom of your volcano (a long straw works)
- tray to put under the volcano to catch the lava

In your jar or bottle, pour in your baking soda and dish detergent. Mix your food colouring and vinegar. Pour the coloured vinegar into the volcano (jar/bottle) and give it a slight stir.

Look out! It's a bubbly eruption! There's lava everywhere! Save the people!

If you are using a smaller bottle like mine in the video, use half the ingredients.


Make this a family activity: Work together to make your volcano erupt.

This activity promotes the knowledge of chemical reactions.


  1. Hi Jean! *waves real big* is that really you in the video? You sound just like I thought you would. :)

    By the way the kids gathered around and LOVED the volcano. I think my boys are rummaging through the kitchen right now to make one themselves. How cool is that!?!

    I love this site. You've done an excellent job!

  2. Hi, TK!

    Thanks for stopping by! That's me!

    The volcano is pretty amazing. It's one of my favourites. My daughter likes to put it in the sink, add a little water so she can float boats with Little People in them and let the volcano wreck its havoc!

  3. Anonymous6:18 PM

    Woo hoo Jean! That was awesome! I think we'll be doing a volcano sometime soon here. My 6 year old was watching and ate it up.

  4. They are fun and easy! Enjoy!


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