Earth Science Activities – Volcanoes (Tissue Paper Volcano Craft)

I am SO excited to start sharing some of our hands-on Earth Science activities again! We did three or four different volcano activities and several fun Earthquake activities that we’ll share with you over the next week or two. And, of course, the long-awaited Earth science packet is just about ready to share as well.

This first volcano craft is an idea I first saw over at Our Worldwide Classroom. We did this over the course of several weeks because of the Christmas holidays. It probably doesn’t take *that* long, but it will take a number of days to let things dry between each step.

Have the kids draw a rough outline of a volcano on a thick paper (like watercolor paper).  Create a glue-water mixture. Wad up tissues, get the tissue completely wet and place it on the paper.  Cover the entire volcano with tissues.


After the tissue has thoroughly dried out (this may take 3 or 4 days), you are ready to paint the sky area blue and the volcano brown. Set it aside for a day or so to dry.


Now the fun part begins. Bring out red, orange, yellow and grey paint and let the explosions begin!


The kids were pretty proud of their final projects!

Volcano Activity

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Tissue Paper Volcano - and other Earth Science Activities

What else did we do for this portion of our Earth Science unit?

We filled out these pages from the Earth Science Packet I made for the kids:

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If your kids keep science notebooks or are creating a volcano lapbook or Earth Science lapbook, they might enjoy creating this “Exploding Volcano Flapbook” that I found at scholastic.  Cute, isn’t it?!


Be sure to check out our Gelatin Volcano Activity!!

Gelatin Volcano Activity - Hands-On Earth Science Activities

Other hands-on Earth Science activity ideas:

Earth Science Activities


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Learn how to make a earthquake shake table, more than a dozen hands-on activities on the layers of the earth, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate movement and more!

Topics include: Solar System, Layers of the Earth, Earth’s Axis and the Seasons, Latitude and Longitude, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, 4 Types of Mountains

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Earth Science Packet

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~Liesl and the Kids

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2 Responses

  1. Jill says:

    Hi. This looks like a great activity for my 3rd graders. Thanks for sharing. Did you use tissues or tissue paper?

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      Hi Jill,
      We used tissues (ie. from a tissue box!). Hope your students have fun with this project! ~Liesl

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