Nature Activity

Make A Volcano

Make sure to have an adult help you. And always help with the cleanup when the experiment is over.

Volcano with volcanic lightning photo used by permission M. Reitze

Supplies Needed:

  • Small jar, plastic bottle, or empty can
  • Wax paper or newspaper
  • Vinegar
  • Dish Soap
  • Small container
  • Red food coloring or a couple of cherries
  • Clay or mud
  • Toilet paper
  • Rubber band or piece of tape

Step 1

Place your container on top of the wax paper. Pack the clay or mud around your container to shape it like a volcano. You can add dirt and rocks to give it a real look.

Step 2

Mix together about 1/2 cup vinegar, 1 Tbsp. dish soap, and red food coloring (or squeeze a few cherries) to your liking. (Measurements don’t need to be exact.) Pour the liquid into the volcano.

Step 3

Place a small amount of baking soda on 1-2 squares of toilet paper. Carefully fold the paper, enclosing the soda, and seal it with a rubber band or tape.

Step 4

Drop the package into the volcano and wait for it to erupt!

Make a Volcano

Download the activity sheet and make your own volcano. Send us a photo or video and we will post it! Be creative!

Bible Lesson

Although they are impressive, volcanoes can be very destructive. And unfortunately, so can we. When we let our temper flare and then strike out at someone in anger, we cause damage. In fact, the Bible says in Proverbs 29:22 (NIV), “An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.” Remember that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and He did that because He wants us to live with Him in Heaven for all eternity. So, when you feel like getting angry, don’t forget to pray and ask God to help you calm the storm inside of you!

“Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry,for anger rests in the bosom of fools.”
Ecclesiastes 7:9
  • Watch out for ball lightning! When Mount St. Helens erupted, balls of lightning the size of small cars were seen bouncing and rolling across the ground!
  • Lightning appears soon after the volcano first erupts!
  • Lava moves at about 6 miles per hour!

Volcanic eruptions are one of nature’s most magnificent events! If you were able to look down into an active volcano, below the surface of the earth, you would see a giant pool of molten rock called lava. And when the pressure inside the volcano builds up . . . that lava shoots right out of the mouth of the volcano, just like fireworks on the Fourth of July!

Sometimes, when conditions are just right, lightning will add some additional “spark” to the show! Combined, these two powerful natural occurrences create a display that’s almost beyond our imagination!

Volcanic lightning, or what’s called a dirty thunderstorm, is as hard to understand as it is to photograph! That’s why very few pictures exist. And although scientists don’t really have a clear answer, they think an erupting volcano produces a lot of electricity that is unleashed when shooting rocks and other particles from the volcano hit each other! It’s kind of like the electricity made when you scuff your socked feet against the carpet, but on a much larger scale!

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