Make a fast and easy tape volcano in 10 minutes for a super fun and exciting science experiment.
At Step by Step Eikaiwa, our English school in Japan, we love mixing fun crafts and activities into our English lessons. There are just a few requirements we have when deciding which crafts to do: they must be fun for all ages, cheap and easy to prepare, and most importantly, able to be completed by the end of the 45 or 50-minute lesson. You might have seen our previous erupting volcano science experiment in our Fast and Easy 10-minute ESL crafts blog, but today’s version is even better because it’s a fast and easy tape volcano!
We got the idea to use tape instead of clay or other materials from this cool blog about making an easy-tape volcano over at Inspirational Laboratories. It’s super cool, but needed something a little smaller, cleaner, faster, and easier. That’s why we decided to use colored duct tape. Plus, we decided to put the volcano in a tray to catch the overflowing “magma.”
What You’ll Need To Make a Fast and Easy Tape Volcano
A medium tray (roughly 18cm in diameter
A small tray (roughly 12cm in diameter)
(optional) A sheet of green felt, roughly 20cm2
Two small plastic cups
Colored duct tape
(optional) Oil-based permanent markers
Small toy dinosaurs
Red food coloring
Towels for cleaning up
The Tape Volcano Science Experiment is Fun and Educational
This tape volcano science experiment has been a huge hit, and kids enjoy not only making their own custom volcanoes, but using English in the classroom as they learn about various things. Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is a growing movement within both EFL and education in general, where language teaching is integrated with the teaching of other subjects to teach a language as a means of communication. This experiment is a great way to teach kids about both chemistry and earth sciences, use creative skills, and practice English in a new context!