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Make your own Volcano

24 Jul

We are still in Indonesia with our “Around the world in 45 weeks” – tour.  One of the things we’ve learned this week was that Indonesia has a lot of active volcanoes.  So, we’ve decided to make our own volcano.  And that was a lot of fun.  And it kept the children busy for hours after the last eruption.

But let me show you what we did:

Firstly we’ve created the mountain.

For the Salt Dough you need:

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  1. 6 cups of flour
  2. 2 cups of salt
  3. 4 tablespoons of oil
  4. 2 cups of water.

Mix all the ingredients.  add water if needed.

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Place a 2 litre bottle in the middle of a baking tray or a tea tray.  and “paste” the salt dough around the bottle.  Be careful not to drop any dough in the bottle.  We really had fun doing this.

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We’ve decorated the mountain with sand, stones, “trees”, animals (even a Chihuahua between the dinosaurs) and a few people.  Two paper tents finished the picture.

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Now for the really really fun stuff – the lava  (So glad I’m married to a scientist)

Pour warm water in the bottle, then add red food colouring, 6 drops of liquid detergent, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda.  Lastly slowly pour vinegar into the bottle and jump back quickly…..

You’ve got lava…..

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How cool is that.  And it kept them busy for hours afterwards, playing with the animals and the lava.

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Hope you have fun building a volcano.

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