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Volcano Diorama Kit: How to Use for Science Fun (Free)

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Get ready for some serious science fun with this volcano diorama kit!

This free printable pack makes it easy for you to build and enjoy a 3D paper volcano.

Learn more about this creative (and mess-free) science activity and find out how to get your free set today!

Enjoy A Mess-Free Science Project for Kids

Learning about volcanoes with your students and need a simple project? This printable pack will help you do that!

A volcano science project is a classic activity to enjoy with kids. There are so many fantastic ways to create a DIY volcano that explodes - and gets messy.

But, when life gets busy and you don't have time for all that mess and stress, a simple project is necessary. Plus, it's helpful to have a type of visual learning tool that you can continue to use as reminders of what you've learned.

When I looked ahead at one of my younger boy's science themes, I saw volcano. So, I knew we'd be doing some type of papier mache volcano project. I don't often stress about the mess in our homeschool but knew we'd also benefit from having a mess-free experience.

This printable volcano diorama kit is the perfect solution for enjoying a hands-on science activity without all the mess!

Mock-up of free printable volcano diorama kit and 2 pages of examples.

Find Out What's In This Printable Volcano Diorama Kit

This free printable kit has eight pages. The 3D diorama pieces are on sets of two pages. One set (of four pages) is in color which is perfect if you need a print-and-go activity. The other set (also four pages) is black-and-white so you can customize.

For each set, there are pages of two bases and two pages of volcano pieces. Labels on the pieces include:

  • Magma
  • Continental Crust
  • Mantle
  • Vent
  • Throat
  • Conduit (pipe)
  • Crater
  • Sill
  • Branch pipe
Mock-up of free printable volcano diorama kit and example with color pencils, markers, glue stick, and scissors.

How to Make This Paper Volcano Diorama Project

Good news! You only need a few supplies to create this paper volcano diorama.

Recommended Supplies for this Printable Volcano Diorama Project

  • white cardstock (makes the project much more durable & easy to work with)
  • scissors
  • glue stick or glue
  • clear tape (reinforces the seams)
  • coloring tools (if using the black-and-white version) - crayons, color pencils, fine-tip markers

When you have your materials ready, it's time to turn your printable volcano diorama project into 3D science fun.

Steps for Making This Volcano Diorama Project

  1. Print out the volcano diorama pages on white cardstock.
  2. Pick which style (color or black-and-white) you'd like to use for your project.
  3. If you chose the black-and-white version, color the pieces.
  4. Cut out the pieces.
  5. Prepare to assemble the bases of your diorama by folding along the dotted lines and tabs. This step makes it easier to adhere the pieces!
  6. Use a glue stick or glue on the tabs.
  7. Fold the base into a rectangular shape.
  8. Adhere the tabs by pressing onto the rectangular base.
  9. Reinforce seams (if necessary) with clear tape.
  10. Fold the volcano pieces along the dotted lines and tabs.
  11. I suggest gently forming the volcano pieces to get an idea of how they go together. This step took my boys and myself a few minutes so don't worry if the same happens for you!
  12. Put glue on the tabs of the volcano pieces.
  13. Press the tabs onto their corresponding pieces on the volcano.
  14. Use tape to reinforce seams (if necessary).
Example of free printable volcano diorama kit with glue stick, scissors, and color pencils.

Creative Ideas for Using This Volcano Project with Kids

Wondering how you can enjoy this volcano diorama project with your kids? Here are some of my ideas. I also recommend that you to chat with your kids and explore their ideas, too.

You can totally use this project as it is. OR adhere the bases to a piece of cardboard, cardstock, or other sturdy material to display.

Another idea is to attach the two bases together with glue, glue gun, or tape.

Consider displaying your paper volcano project in homeschool space or classroom. My boys have their volcanoes on our bookshelves. You could also put them on a windowsill, desk, table, or homeschool cart.

Begin a collection of printable 3D science projects for hands-on learning fun. Use our free printable life cycle of an apple, life cycle of a pumpkin, life cycle of a butterfly, layers of the earth, and more (coming soon!)

Mock-up of free printable volcano diorama kit.

Very Cool Resources for Learning About Volcanoes

Make the most of your science fun with volcanoes by using books, kits, and videos:

Volcanoes! (National Geographic Readers)Volcanoes! (National Geographic Readers)Volcanoes For kids: Educational science book for learning about volcanoes (Educational Books for Kids)Volcanoes For kids: Educational science book for learning about volcanoes (Educational Books for Kids)Volcanoes (Little Scientist)Volcanoes (Little Scientist)All About Volcanoes (A True Book: Natural Disasters) (A True Book (Relaunch))All About Volcanoes (A True Book: Natural Disasters) (A True Book (Relaunch))Learning Resources Beaker Creatures Bubbling Volcano Reactor - Ages 5+ Science Kits for Kids, STEM Toys for Kids, Fun Science Experiments for Kids,Back to School GiftsLearning Resources Beaker Creatures Bubbling Volcano Reactor - Ages 5+ Science Kits for Kids, STEM Toys for Kids, Fun Science Experiments for Kids,Back to School Gifts4M KidzLabs Volcano Making Kit, DIY Science Kit STEM, For Boys & Girls Ages 8+4M KidzLabs Volcano Making Kit, DIY Science Kit STEM, For Boys & Girls Ages 8+NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Jumbo Volcano Science Kit - Build & Erupt an 18NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Jumbo Volcano Science Kit - Build & Erupt an 18Thames & Kosmos Massive Erupting Volcano STEM Kit | DIY Giant Volcano Model, 1-Foot Tall | Includes Materials for Multiple Eruptions | Explore Volcanoes, Geology, Earth Science | Science Fair ProjectThames & Kosmos Massive Erupting Volcano STEM Kit | DIY Giant Volcano Model, 1-Foot Tall | Includes Materials for Multiple Eruptions | Explore Volcanoes, Geology, Earth Science | Science Fair ProjectLearning Resources Fizzy Volcano, 13 Pieces, Ages 4+, Preschool Science Lab, Science Kits for Kids, Science Experiments for Kids,STEM Toys for KidsLearning Resources Fizzy Volcano, 13 Pieces, Ages 4+, Preschool Science Lab, Science Kits for Kids, Science Experiments for Kids,STEM Toys for Kids

 

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Get Your Free Printable Volcano Diorama Kit

Hurray! You're so close to having simple yet super cool science fun with your students!

This FREE printable pack featuring a volcano diorama kit includes 8 pages.

Please print as many copies of these activities as you need to enjoy with your homeschool, classroom, or co-op. If you have co-workers or friends who'd like to use these free printables, please share this postThanks so much for your cooperation and sharing!

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Mock-up of free printable volcano diorama kit.

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