Volcano Eruption
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I have a pretty cool craft to share with you! A volcano.. that erupts!

I enjoyed this one as much as the kids did. And they REALLY loved it...from the crafting right to it erupting.

Before the craft we learned a little about volcanoes (and the one in Japan had just been on news), we also did this word search, and learned the spelling of the words.

Word Search

And now the fun begins.

You'll need an empty water bottle (500 ml) and a jumbo cereal box (or any cardboard).
Cut the box in half. Using one half as the base, tape the bottle in the center.
Cut the other half of the box in four equal parts. Tape them around the bottle as shown in the picture.
This doesn't need to be neat, nor does it need all the gaps covered - it's just the skeleton of the mountain.

Mix some water and flour - to make a gravy-like paste. Don't make it to thick.
Cut strips of news paper. Dip each strip in the paste and cover the entire mountain (not the bottle top) with ONE layer or paper.
Scrunch balls of news paper, dip in flour-water mix and stick them on. Make it random, in size and position.
Cut strips of news paper and cover entire mountain with one layer or paper - to hold all those 'rocks' in place.

After the mountain dries, (ours took 2 days) paint it. We mixed different colors together.. and got a green-brown color. If you have sand or anything that resembles sand.. sprinkle that over the wet paint. We used crumbs.. because that's just what you do when it's winter here!

Once completely dry, cut the top off. Please make sure it's an adult does this. I just used a knife. The bigger hole will make it easier for kids to pour the liquid in (to make it erupt), and it looks better.

You'll need two measuring jugs (something with a spout to make pouring easy).
In one add:
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tsp baking soda
- few drops of dish washing liquid
- 1/2 tsp glitter (lava actually looks shiny - hence the glitter)
Mix thoroughly - or the baking soda stays at the bottom.

In the next jug add:
- 1 cup vinegar
- few drops red food coloring

This gets messy. So place a tray under your volcano to help with clean up.
First pour in the baking soda mix (mix it well before pouring in, so you get everything).
Pour in the vinegar mix. As soon as the vinegar hits the baking soda, it'll erupt.

Happy Crafting!!

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At 2:17 AM, Blogger Fruitful Fusion

Looks brilliant ma sha Allah! We did the volcano experiment but mine was nothing like this (not as fancy!)

BTW love the illustrations!

And thank you so much for giving me a Malaysian swap partner! We might even meet in the summer in sha Allah!


At 7:46 AM, Blogger Sketched Soul

As-salaamu'alaykum my dearest sister,

Thank you SO much for the lovely comment. Haha.. I'm not sure making a 'fancy' one is worth it.. because it goes in the garbage after.. but I bet it'll be worth while for a kids party.. ooooh like an Eid party or something :)

And thanks for checking my Illustrations as well.

AlhumduliLlah. It makes me so happy knowing how happy the swaps are. Insha'Allah I hope you two get to meet.. that would be awesome!!

Love Farhana


At 12:43 PM, Blogger Unknown

As salaamu 'alaikum Farhana!

MashaALLAH that's a cool looking volcano. They are so much fun :)

Take care,
Wa salaam,


At 8:01 PM, Blogger Eva

Assalamu Alaikum, wow what an awesome eruption! haha, I was surprised at how it reacted, ours wasn't nearly as responsive :)


At 11:25 AM, Blogger Sketched Soul

Evaaaaa!! Wa'alaykum as-salaam
How's it going my dear?
Haha.. yeah it was a little crazy.. I wonder if it's because too much of the mixture was poured in at once.

Either way.. the kids had a blast.. and it's a great way to show them how 'fun' science is.

Love Farhana


At 11:28 AM, Blogger Sketched Soul

Wa'alaykum as-salaam dearest NAKIA!!

... sorry, forgive me..I missed your post.

Thank you very much!! They ARE so much fun! I agree. It survived the first explosion.. so insha'Allah next time more kids are over, we'll use it again :)



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