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DIY - Make Your Own Live Volcano

Category: kids

Lava-fueled laughs!

Kids love explosions! Dropping Mentos in a Coke bottle and testing reactions in chemistry class – it’s exciting stuff! If your child also has a soft spot for dinosaurs and craft projects, get the best of both worlds and organise your own live volcano. While many recipes suggest paper mâché or clay, we’ve tried and tested a much easier alternative: good-old Play Doh! Read on and discover how to keep the kids enthralled for hours on end with this little project.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • 6 tubs orange Play Doh
  • 2 tubs pink Play Doh
  • Shallow baking tray
  • Blu-Tack
  • Fake grass (if desired)
  • Empty jam jar
  • Rolling pin
  • Packet of toy dinosaurs
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp bicarbonate soda
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • Red food colouring
Here’s how to do it:

Line the baking tray with fake grass, securing with Blu-Tack from below.

Place the jam jar in the centre of the board as a foundation.

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Roll out and mould the orange Play Doh around the jar to form the base of the volcano.

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Repeat this step to form your desired shape.

Use pink Play Doh to create lava. Have it flow down the sides by rolling and attaching strips of Play Doh to the side of the volcano.

Decorate the scene as you choose, positioning dinosaurs around the base.

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Add water, bicarb soda and food colouring to jar.

Add vinegar to create the eruption. Remember to keep the kids back and clear the area just in case it gets a little too messy. 

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Repeat this last step as many times as desired – you can create multiple eruptions for the kids to enjoy.

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If that’s not a fun activity, we’re not sure what is! And the best part? You’ll find most (if not all) of the materials in your pantry. It’s a whole lot easier than you’d think! 

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