Jun 272013

When the grandkids come over, my kitchen becomes “Camp Grandma” and today we created homemade erupting volcanos.volcano with sand decoration










Items needed:  a round pie plate with heavy duty tin foil, a small glass bottle, lots of newspaper and paper toweling, and coarse sand for that earthy look.  This play dough recipe worked great when shaped around a glass bottle to look like a volcano.volcano tutorial

Homemade Play Dough Recipe
2 cups  Flour                 1 cup Salt
2 tbl. Vegetable Oil        2 cups water
4 tsp. cream of tartar
Pour all ingredients into a large pot.  Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms.  Knead dough until the texture matches play dough (1-2 minutes).  Store in a zip lock bag or plastic container.

shaped volcano with lintThe play dough packed glass bottles are then placed in the tin foil covered pie pans for mess control.  Some dryer lint soaked in white glue was packed on the volcano for decoration.

Insert a funnel into the glass bottle and pour in 3 tablespoons of Baking Soda.  Mix 6 drops of dish soap and 4 drops of red and yellow food coloring to 2 cups of vinegar.

The grandkids played for hours with their volcanos and eventually used an entire gallon of vinegar.  Total cost for this project was less than a few dollars, but time spent was priceless.

Volcano's re-erupting volcano erupting

  10 Responses to “Volcano Eruption at Camp Grandma”

  1. You are an awesome grandma! What fun.

  2. Very cool! For less mess but just as much explosive fun try out http://www.sophie-world.com/activities/playdough-volcano The best part about it, is this lava only looks hot! It’s completely safe for all ages.:)

    • Thanks for the kind comment, Sophie. You have an amazing website and I’m looking forward to following you, blogging friend.

  3. Play Dough is always fun, and homemade even better. Your grand kids are so blessed to have you, and I am sure you feel blessed to have them.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Anna. We did a practice “run through” on the volcanos for the TV show tomorrow. The giggles were worth having another messy kitchen table. I love helping children learn things that aren’t electronically done for them. Did you see my recent post on cup stacking done by my (almost) two year old grandson? He’s a cutie too.

  4. that is cool! (ella) Loved seeing you all on TV!

    • Thanks for the sweet comment. We had fun doing the segment, but I guess you could tell that by the boy’s smiles. The best part is that they enjoy doing the volcanos over and over and…

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