Saturday, March 26, 2011

Volcano Day

My son recently became very intrigued with volcanoes.  I decided to make a fun learning day based on his interest and it turned out really fun.  I like "playing school!"  Anyways, I thought I would post some pictures, ideas & websites we used to create our exciting educational day.

He first got interested in volcanoes after reading a book about God creating the world.  I picked up "In the beginning" book from the dollar store after a friend spoke at our mom's group. She gave the idea of having individual bible story books with pictures for a little one's devotional time.  I immediately followed her advice because Drew was starting to say "No bible story" every evening when we would read his chapter bible book- I want him to enjoy it & pay attention.  Now he loves picking out a picture bible story book each night, great advice, thanks Holly!!

I found a great blog for crafts with toddlers, they had a lot of info on volcano projects so I got some ideas from there, including making our "erupting" volcano out of play dough- genius!  I encourage you to check it out by clicking on the underlined "volcano projects" above.

First we made 2 pictures from scrap book paper, brown paper bag, colored tissue paper, glue & scissors.  We made a regular volcano & an underwater volcano.  It was fun excuse to work with him on cutting & gluing.  I just  let him go at it, and he had a blast.

Next I put on Go Diego Go, Season 2 Episode 14 " Giant Octopus to the Rescue" (thank you netflix).  It talks about volcanoes above & below water, and they even have an underwater volcano song.  While he was watching the show I got the ingredients together to make homemade play dough (that we used to create our erupting volcano).  I pre-measured the ingredients into different bowls, so he could help me make it quickly.  I chose a no cook recipe from this great site:  It has all kinds of recipes for play dough including flavors & edible versions.

After making the play dough we headed over to our cousins house to share our experiment with them.  It was so fun watching the boys excitement as their volcanoes erupted.  It was really simple, cheap fun and after the volcanoes bubbled over (several times) we let the boys play with action figures in the "lava".  We put 3 Tablespoons of baking soda in the plastic cup inside the volcano.  Next we mixed 1/2 cup white vinegar with 3 drops of dish soap & poured into the volcano.  It immediately bubbled over.  Try pouring the vinegar solution in a few times to keep it erupting.  Plan to throw the play dough away, it gets pretty gooey.

We ended our day by heading to Rain Forrest Cafe.    They have a Volcano Dessert, it comes out with a sparkler inside, way cool!  So so good, of course I only had the ice cream, but the boys tell me the cake was delicious.  It was a fun treat, and the look on Drew's face was priceless!  Hope this inspires some fun educational days for you and your family :)  


  1. Amber,
    It sounds like you and Drew had a fun "volcano" day!! :)
    I always made the erupting volcanoes with my kindergartners every year and they loved it, too. We put the baking soda in small pop bottles with screw on tops. We would use wet sand in the sandbox to build our mountains around the pop bottles leaving only the tops exposed. We always added a few drops of red food coloring to the vinegar and dish soap to color the erupting "lava".
    We also watched "The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top" (their volcano episode) . . . Fun times! :)

  2. Love your volcano day! Thanks for linking to our site. The volcano pictures are adorable and I think I might need to try this activity out again at our house just so we can go eat the volcano dessert at Rain Forest cafe :)

    You are such a fun mom!


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