Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Volcano Eruption

Bringing back some elementary school memories! This was always one of my favorite projects as a kids. I just knew the boys would LOVE it! 

Here's our homemade volcano made of dough. Super easy, took us maybe 25 minutes to create.


Salt (dash)
Oil (couple tbsps)
White Vinegar (food coloring if you desire red lava)
Baking Soda

You can mix the first 4 ingredients to the consistency that feels right for molding. I did make the mistake of making my first batch (lower part of the volcano) too moist, look how the base flattened out.

We molded around a bottle very easily, then let it dry for 4 or 5 hours, I painted a little brown acrylic paint on it for effect. The kids added some dinosaurs. I also added a couple drops of red food coloring to my bottle of vinegar... it's all about effect people :)

When it's time for some exploding action, I put a couple large tablespoons of baking powder in the bottle, then proceded to pour some vinegar in, just until I thought it would start to spew. It's a little bit trial and error.

Kellen caught in the act. This child will eat anything! Currently we are trying to brake him of his play-doh eating habit. It's awful, he just won't stop no matter what we do... so for now, Preston and Adrian can only play with their play-doh when Kellen is napping. 

The BIG explosion! OooEwww.... Aaahhhh!!
We had this thing explode about 10x. I kept dumping out the tray and doing it all over again. 


Jessica said...

What a cool project and love your little dough eater. We made kool-aid play doh last week... not a good idea when you already have one who eats everything. My son could not leave it alone.

Barbara said...

They are so cute and they look so excited to watch the volcano erupt! My son is also a dough eater, and a crayon eater. You would think we never feed him.

Carrie said...

How fun! Thank you for sharing it at Crafty Moms Share's Sharing Saturday!