Today, my little brother who is 4, was talking to me about volcano's and how they work. I explained to him how they work, and showed him some videos, but to bring it to life, we decided to make our own volcano in the kitchen. BEFORE YOU TRY THIS please ask your mom and dad. Here are the ingredients you need, and how to make your own.
1. A glass jar 2. A deep dish for eruptions
6 cups flour
3 cups salt
3 cups water
2 tbs baking soda
Few drops liquid dish washing detergent
1/2 cup vinegar
Mix the flour, salt, and water in a large mixing bowl to form a smooth dough.
Place the dough in a baking dish, and mold the dough into a volcano shape around a glass jar.
If desired, bake the volcano at 225 degrees Fahrenheit until the dough is dry. This may take 4-6 hours. Baking the volcano will allow it to last longer.
Paint the volcano and apply an acrylic sealer. Acrylic sealer is available at most craft stores and is easy to spray onto the finished volcano. Allow the paint and sealer to dry. This step is optional, but recommended if the volcano is meant to last for more than a single day.
Place a few drops of liquid dish washing detergent into the glass jar. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. A few drops of red food coloring may also be added, if desired (this will make the eruption take on the color of the food coloring).
To make the volcano erupt, pour in some vinegar (about 1/2 cup) and watch the "lava" flow!
the acrylic sealer is optional and so is food coloring, we did not use those and it worked fine