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Vinegar Volcano


Are you looking for a fun and educational science experiment that your kids will love? Look no further than making a volcano!

Not only is it a blast to create, but it also provides a great opportunity for children to learn about chemical reactions, geology, and earth science.

In this play idea, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know to make a volcano for kids. So, let’s get started!

What do I need to play?

To make your own volcano, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Baking powder
  • Vinegar
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • Dish soap (optional)
  • Water
  • Playdough or modelling clay
  • A plastic bottle
  • A tray or surface to catch spills
  • Protective gloves and eye-wear (optional)


Setting up the game

Once you have gathered all of your materials, you can begin setting up the game. First, create the base of the volcano by moulding the play-doh or modelling clay into a cone shape. Make sure to leave a hole at the top of the cone to allow for the “eruption” later on.

Next, place the plastic bottle in the centre of the base and mould the play-doh or modelling clay around it to create the shape of the volcano. You can also add additional details like rocks, trees, or even dinosaurs to make the scene more realistic.

Once you have created the base and added all the details you want, it’s time to mix the “lava”. In a separate container, mix together one cup of vinegar, a few drops of red food colouring, and a few drops of dish soap. Set this mixture aside for now.


Rules of the game

Now that you have set up the volcano, it’s time to explain the rules of the game to your kids. The objective of the game is to make the volcano “erupt” by adding baking powder to the plastic bottle.

To do this, simply pour a small amount of baking powder into the bottle, and then pour the vinegar mixture on top of it. The baking powder and vinegar will react, causing the mixture to bubble and fizz over the top of the volcano, creating a realistic “eruption”.


Variations of the game

There are many ways to vary the game of making a volcano for kids to keep things interesting. Here are a few ideas:

  • Add more food colouring to the mixture to create a more realistic lava colour
  • Use different-shaped bottles or containers to create different volcano shapes
  • Create multiple volcanoes and have a “volcano race” to see which one erupts first
  • Add additional materials like glitter or small toys to the mixture for added excitement


Tips for Success

If you want to make sure your volcano eruption is a success, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Make sure to use enough baking powder and vinegar to create a big reaction
  • Use a dish or tray to contain any spills or overflow
  • Experiment with different ratios of baking powder to vinegar to find the right balance for your volcano
  • Have fun and get creative!



Making a vinegar volcano for kids is a fun and educational activity that will keep your children engaged for hours. With just a few simple materials and some creativity, you can create a realistic volcano that will “erupt” right before your eyes. So what are you waiting for? Gather your materials and get started on your own volcano today!