Paper mache Volcano
Volcano experiment is an incredible science experiment to fascinate children and make them inquisitive. in my previous post i talk about ‘ how to make a volcano‘ , thought of another fun way to make the experiment more exciting by using paper mache. Ride with me to see how to make a paper mache volcano
What is paper Mache ?
Paper mache is a technique used to create shapes out of shredded paper, It is a fun way for children to create shapes, and get messy
The volcano Paper mache experiment could take days which is exciting as children will be able to enjoy the process, have time to ask questions, and learn more.
- Empty plastic bottle
- Sticky Tape
- Paint (red, green, orange, yellow, blue)
- Bicarbonate soda
Using sticky tape attach the bottle to the cardboard, I recently did this experiment and I was rather creative with the materials. I used a rough kind of cardboard that I had kept for recycling from furniture but, instead of attaching a bottle,
I attached a tissue roll. I know by now you are wondering where I am going to pour the vinegar, I had kept an empty bubble bottle, so I thought of popping the bottle into the tissue roll
When it comes to experimenting, be creative, this will help children to think outside the box and be able to substitute when the need arises
Create a mountain shape around the bottle using scrunched foil or papers
in the recent paper mache experiment we did with the children in my class, instead of creating a mountain around the tissue (remember, I used a tissue roll instead of a bottle)
using scrunched papers or foil, I put three pieces of tissue roll to support the roll or bottle in the middle and use tape to hold it together
Make the paper mache mixture -mix 1 cup of flour with 2 cups of water, allow the children to do the mixing as this is part of the fun, let them begin to dip the paper strips into the mixture and place it layer by layer around the prepared statue, keep dipping and placing until it forms a mountain
Once its dried then, it’s time to get colourfully messy. Allow the children to paint the volcano using all the colours (green, red, orange, yellow ) Yellow could be at the tip to represent the spewing lava.
i did gave the children the colours just they are so great at mixing colours so we end up with this.
The colours doesn’t really matter what is important is that children get to be children
here comes the exciting part, it’s time to be a little scientist. If you are doing this in the classroom, let children dress as little scientific.
if you are at home, if they have the dress-up clothes let them dress up this makes it more fun
Add 2-3 tsp of bicarbonate soda and a few drops of red food colouring into the bottle,
Pour the vinegar into the bottle, stand back and watch as the volcano erupt. I could already imagine the excitement and surprise in the children faces.
I hope they enjoy the experiment.