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DIY Volcano

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Once of the things that I enjoy about teaching preschool/kindergarten is that it is inquiry based.  Therefore, if children show an interest in space and astronauts, we create lessons, activities, and centres around this interest.  I was pleasantly surprised to find within the first week of school the topic of volcanoes emerged.  Since I teach a lot of science, I figured that volcanoes would be easy to tie in to (and a lot of fun).  I have several ideas in mind, but I knew that I wanted to create a model of an erupting volcano.  I had plaster cloth left over from a craft that I did with my kids at home, so I used it for the volcanoes.

DIY volcano

I used a small water bottle.  I cut the paper to fit around the bottle and slope down at the sides.  Then I covered the paper with small strips of the plaster cloth.  I let the plaster harden over night and painted it the next morning.

DIY volcano

The volcano is so easy to make that I ended up making a second on, just to have a back up in the classroom.  I will be adding vinegar, with red food colouring mixed in, to the water bottle (3/4 full) and then adding baking soda.  Young kids love when things ‘explode’ and this is such a great example of a chemical reaction.  Kids would have fun making these and they are easy enough to do with little hands.  I can’t wait to use them with my students.

diy volcano

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