Glitter Erupting Volcano Science Experiment That Kids Will Love

Volcano science experiment for kids

We LOVE science experiments! Since we are spending a lot of time at home due to the pandemic, finding a fun learning activity is so important. I’m sure everyone has tried the classic baking soda and vinegar volcano science experiment either at home or school. I found this version by Life Over C’s and had to try it with my 5-year old. We decided to eliminate the food coloring and added glitter for fun. This was a huge hit with my son. Follow the directions below to conduct this glitter erupting volcano science experiment for kids. It’s a great indoor activity especially for kids who are home. My son thought the glitter erupting volcano science experiment was the best thing ever.

glitter erupting volcano science experiment for kdis

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Directions for Glitter Erupting Volcano


  1. Firstly, place the beaker on a tray. This will make clean up easier after the volcano science experiment.
  2. Place a funnel in the opening of the Erlenmeyer flask then add 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda.
  3. Next, add a generous amount of glitter.
  4. Place the play dough around the Erlenmeyer flask to make it look like a volcano. Don’t cover up the opening of the flask.
  5. Add a squirt of dish soap into the Erlenmeyer flask.
  6. Use a drink stirrer or craft stick to mix the ingredients in the flask.
  7. Pour a small amount of vinegar into the Erlenmeyer flask and watch the volcano erupt. Keep adding vinegar until the volcano no longer erupts.

*Disclaimer: Adult supervision is required for this experiment.*

This glitter erupting volcano science experiment is awesome and safe for the kids to try with adult supervision. When vinegar and baking soda mixes, it creates a chemical reaction. The vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base. This chemical reaction produces carbon dioxide. My 5-year old thought it was so cool! Since the volcano science experiment is conducted on a tray, less mess to clean up for the adults.

glitter erupting volcano science experiment for kids

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