Make an erupting volcano in 10 minutes for your next ESL class!
Make an erupting craft volcano to study English!
Are you an ESL teacher looking for an interesting science experiment to do in your next ESL lesson? At Step by Step Eikaiwa in Japan, we’re always looking for fun and interactive ways to teach English in our ESL classes. One popular activity that we sometimes do is make baking soda and vinegar volcanoes. Over the years, we have made many of these in our kids classes, at events, and even in our adult classes. The best part about doing this craft in your ESL class is that it only takes 10 minutes to make, and you can do the eruption right away!
Useful English to practice while making your 10-minute craft volcanoes
Of course, this is more than just a fun craft and science experiment. It’s an English lesson as well. We recommend that you take some time before building your volcanoes to teach your kids some English words about volcanoes (volcano, lava, eruption, etc.), some words about the ingredients and materials (baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, clay, etc.), and some verbs that you’ll use (Can I have a ____?, Put the ____ on the ____, Pour the ___ in the volcano, etc.).
We usually have a slide show with vocabulary and pictures of real volcanoes. We also have a video showing how to make a science experiment volcano in less than 10 minutes on our YouTube channel.
Supplies and Ingredients for the ESL Volcano and Experiment
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own ESL craft volcano in less than 10 minutes. We usually get most of our supplies at the 100 yen shop here in Japan, but you can also find supplies at your local supermarket, hardware store, dollar store, online, or maybe even lying around your house.
a plastic tray or planter pot bottom (the base to hold your volcano and catch the lava)
artificial grass (to line the bottom of your base)
a small plastic bottle (around 200ml or so is a good size, but you can go bigger)
paper pulp clay (here’s how to make it yourself )
plastic plants, plastic dinosaurs, or other decorations
hot glue gun
baking soda, vinegar, dish soap, red food coloring (powder is best)
How to make a craft science volcano for your next 10-minute ESL craft!
Now it’s your turn to make erupting volcanoes in your ESL class!
Have a Blast!
Depending on how many kids you have and how old they are, you might have to help them add the baking soda into the volcano. Of course, if possible it’s fun for the kids to add the baking soda and vinegar themselves.
This experiment can be done over and over, countless times once the clay has dried. Kids really love to try out different ratios of baking soda and vinegar to see the different results. The great thing is, all you have to do is rinse out your volcano with water and repeat again and again. We hope you have as much fun as we do using this fun and engaging ESL science experiment in your next English classes.