This is a great fun experiment the kids will love and it uses ingredients you’ll probably have in your pantry.

Make your own volcano

What you’ll need:

  • A plastic bottle
  • 6 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of oil
  • water
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • white vinegar
  • food colouring
  • dishwashing liquid.


  1. Mix the flour, salt, oil and 2 cups of water in a bowl to make the dough.
  2. Place the empty bottle on a tray.
  3. Sculpt the dough around the bottle to create a volcano shape, leaving top of bottle clear.
  4. Fill the bottle up with warm water and a few drops of food colouring.
  5. Add 4 drops of dish liquid and the baking soda to the water.
  6. Slowly pour in the vinegar and the volcano will erupt.

I love the idea of getting the kids sculpting and making their own volcano as well as getting it to erupt.

You could easily just do the experiment in a bottle without the dough if you wish. I also like to do this outside and then the mess doesn’t matter and the kids make a whole game around it.

Have you ever tried this before? Please add comment below.

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  • Good old bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, a real myriad of usefulness


  • Such fun for all – thanks for sharing.


  • A great craft idea that is alot of fun!


  • i have done this experiment with the kids before but with paper mache base and we had red lava with food colouring. fun experiment for the kids to enjoy


  • Lots of fun for everyone here (-:


  • Ive made one of these before, so fun!


  • id love to do this with my children. I remember doing it as a kid too…


  • I remember doing something like this in school. Will be heaps of fun doing this with my kids!


  • These seems really simple with such a huge impact!
    I will definitely try this!


  • I remember making one of these for a school project as a kid :)


  • Cool, I remember when I was younger and we did these in primary school. It was so much fun at that age :-) memories…


  • We will attempt this on the weekened! It seems quite simple with a lot of impact!


  • I loved doing this sort of thing with my kids when they were little.
    Bring on the Grandchildren so i can delight in all these things again :)


  • And they are learning science without even knowing it!


  • Sounds like fun !


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