Crafty Tuesday – 12 January 2010 (She’s gonna blow!)

Oh my word, Tuesday has come round fast! Time for another 15 minute craft. This one is going to take two sessions of 15 minutes. One session of preparation and one session of action! 🙂

Today we’re making a Homemade Volcano. DS10 has been going on and on about it wanting to do this for a while. So now is the time!

For volcanic excitement in the safety of your own home you’ll need:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • couple of tablespoons of oil
  • dish to put the volcano in
  • a small bottle (eg. water, ketchup, soda, fizzy drink)

My kids (DS10 and DD7) did this job all on their own. Just depends on how old your kids are and how much mess you like in your kitchen! 😉 Mix the whole lot together until you get a nice gooey dough. Put your bottle in the dish and start covering it with the dough. Might help to have an extra pair of hands at this stage, just to hold the bottle steady.

Don’t put any dough inside the bottle – we left the top on the bottle until we we’re almost done.

We then left our volcano to dry (overnight) at this stage because we want to keep it and reuse it, but you could go ahead and use it immediately if you like.

For the volcanic eruption you’ll need:

  • warm water
  • a few drops of washing up liquid (we used “Vel”!)
  • food colouring (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda/bicarbonate of soda/”natron” in Danish
  • vinegar – but please don’t use your expensive balsamico! 😉

Fill up your volcano – almost to the top – with warm water. Add a wee squeeze of washing up liquid (just a couple of drops). Then add a tablespoon of baking soda. You can also add a few drops of food colouring if you like. We used red first. And then black the second time we did it. And then blue…

When you’re ready for the big moment, slowly pour in some vinegar. Stand back cos she’s gonna blow! 🙂 Okay, okay, so it’s not going to go whizz or go bang, but foam lava will gently start streaming out of your volcano and will keep flowing for quite a while. Just add a little more soda and vinegar when you are ready to go again. Fun for all the family!

He he, I know they look kind of bored here…but it was actually because I had just told them ‘no more volcano’ – was time to prep dinner! 😉

Have a mindblowing Tuesday! 🙂

3 thoughts on “Crafty Tuesday – 12 January 2010 (She’s gonna blow!)”

  1. This is a fantastic craft! I might have to try this one with my kids. Would be great over spring break I'm thinking. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  2. Asfora, you have to try it! We *still* have our volcano today 🙂

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