‘Mammy I really need a volcano’ – exploding volcano
It was only a couple of minutes long footage of a volcano erupting and he was hooked. All the documentaries about cute animals we watched were forgotten and the only thing that he wanted to talk about was that hot lava spewing into the ocean.
So we had to build a volcano…
I think the first time and actually the last time I made anything from paper mache was a little bunny rabbit face mask when I was 7. Thanks to the internet you don’t have to think too hard to remember how you made it.
Doing paper mache volcanoes is a very popular children’s activity and YouTube is filled with videos and detailed tutorials but here is how we did it. Although it can take 2 – 3 days it can be used time and time again.
you will need:
- some cardboard for a base of the volcano ( ors is about 50cm x 50cm)
- empty 1 litre plastic bottle, the widest neck as possible
- a small tupperware bowl to hold the glue mix
- PVA glue (we used washable children safe glue from the ELC)
- water for the glue mix
- paint to decorate your volcano (we also got ours from the ELC
- See ingredients for making the magma which turns into lava below at day 3
Now let’s get started !
place the bottle in the middle of the cardboard base and attach it with a sellotape to keep it in its place
Make the base as wide as you like and start placing more newspaper balls on top, securing them in place with sellotape as you go