Saturday, February 4, 2012

Volcano Craft with Bean

My erupting volcano, with all the supplies shown.
We did this a few months ago, but I haven't had a chance to blog about it!  It was simple and fun for both of us.  Also, big big big bonus:  it was hardly messy.

  • Brown craft foam
  • cotton balls
  • red and orange tissue paper
  • glue (not glue stick)
  • an unsharpened pencil with an eraser
  • light blue construction paper
  • A pair of scissors (adult version, for preparing the activity)
  • vinyl tablecloth or newspaper to protect your crafting surface!
1) From the craft foam cut out a volcano shape, sized to fit the length of the construction paper.
2) Cut lots of squares of orange and red tissue paper (approximately 2"x2").
3) Consider making an example volcano by following the activity directions.  I was not sure whether this would cause him to rebel and go into his sometimes-attitude of "I'm going to do it my way, just watch how far outside the box and any semblance of easy-to-clean-up I can think!"  I think it was because it was a volcano and because he got to learn a new technique with the tissue paper that he didn't make things erupt, literally.  He seemed excited looking at my example, and intrigued by the three-dimensional erupting tissue paper.

Activity (and how it went with Bean):
1) Lay down that vinyl or newspaper!

2) Pull the cotton balls apart to make them wispy clouds.  Glue them all over the paper, or as much as you would like a cloudy sky.  (He didn't have the patience to make anything wispy, and he really wanted to move on to creating the eruption.  So he has four chunky clouds.  Who wouldn't want to move directly on to the eruption, right?)

3) Glue the volcano on along the bottom edge.  (He was excited to use the glue!  His volcano is magical; it is floating in the middle of the sky, almost an inch from the bottom of the paper.)

4) Center the pencil's eraser on a square of tissue paper, fold the tissue paper up and wrap the sides around the pencil.  Use a little dot of glue in the middle of the tissue paper on the tissue paper and stick it on the top of the volcano.*  (After a little bit of helping and demonstrating, Bean could do this on his own.  He loved it.  Sometimes the tissue paper wasn't centered.  Sometimes he fussed with it once it was on the paper and smushed it.  But he was so pleased with himself, using glue and creating something in a new way all by himself!)

5) Keep going, using the orange and red tissue papers (I sometimes did one inside the other), until you have as big an eruption as you want.  (As you can see below, Bean's volcano erupted a little but its magic appeared to be that it floated and made the sky erupt randomly.)

*There must be a name for this technique, yes?  Anybody? 

Magical Mt. Bean

During all this, A-Train was strapped into his booster, playing with the play dough and craft foam from the volcano activity here.

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