LEGO Volcano

Erupting LEGO volcanoes are as cool as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities come! Young builders of all ages will love designing, building and erupting LEGO volcanoes again, and again… and again.

What an awesome STEM activity for kids! Make a LEGO volcano that really erupts. So easy to make and it would be perfect for a science fair project.

Getting Ready

Although LEGO volcanoes have major “wow” factor, the prep was actually quite simple. We grabbed:

  • A bucket of DUPLOS (LEGOS would work just as well but the volcanoes will be smaller)
  • A box of baking soda
  • Red food coloring
  • White vinegar
  • Baking tray or dish with sides

Building the LEGO Volcano

Step number one required actually building the volcano. Middle Brother (age 4.5) is a whiz with LEGOS so he quickly grabbed a large base and began attaching long skinny bricks around its sides.

Then he attached a second row of bricks on top, scooting the bricks in a bit to start building a pyramid.

Build a LEGO volcano! Genius STEM activity for kids.

He followed the same procedure when adding the third row of bricks.

Then he built a tower of square bricks that was 4 LEGOS tall and placed it upside down in the center of the volcano.

So cool! Build a LEGO volcano that really erupts. Awesome science and engineering activity for kids!

Since he needed to fill in the gaps on each side, he covered the holes with bricks.

Such a cool science experiment for kids! Build a LEGO volcano that really erupts!!

Erupting the LEGO Volcano

Next came the most exciting part of all: making the LEGO volcano really erupt!

Middle Brother placed the volcano on an empty baking sheet to contain the mess he knew was coming.

Then he squeezed about 10 drops of red food coloring into the bottom of a 1/4 cup measuring spoon and filled the rest with vinegar to make it bright red like real lava.

Using a second measuring cup, we scooped out the same amount of baking soda (1/4 cup) and carefully poured it into the upside down LEGO tower in the center of the volcano.

Awesome STEM for kids! Make LEGO volcanoes that really erupt.

Some of the baking soda spilled over the sides but it was ok. The extra actually made the eruption more fizzy and foamy later.

Crazy awesome science for kids! Make LEGO volcanoes that really erupt. It's so cool - and surprisingly easy!

The result was every bit as exciting as I’d hoped. The baking soda and vinegar reacted creating a fizzing, foaming, erupting volcano. So, so cool!

Super cool LEGO volcanoes!! These would be an awesome science fair project or STEM activity for kids.

The Science Behind It

When baking soda and vinegar mix together, it creates a chemical reaction. The acetic acid in the vinegar reacts with the bicarbonate in the baking soda forming carbon dioxide gas.

The gas bubbles rise to the surface but, since carbon dioxide gas heavier than air, the bubbles stay on the surface creating fizzing foam.

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Malia

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned founder of Playdough to Plato and The STEM Laboratory - sites sharing addictively fun learning activities for kids. She earned her Master’s in Education from Stanford University and spent seven years teaching in a classroom.

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Hi, I’m Malia.

I’m a National Board Certified Teacher and love showing Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade teachers easy-to-follow systems for getting EVERY student bigger results.