Easy Tape Volcano

Aiden’s friend was hanging out with us one day. He requested to play with baking soda and vinegar. And he really wanted to make a volcano. Together we created this easy tape volcano.

Tape Volcano

Easy Tape Volcano for Kids


  • Cardboard or plastic tray {for the base}
  • Tall plastic container {a tall 16oz sour cream container for example}
  • Tape {masking tape, painter’s tape, or duct tap}
  • Acrylic paint {optional}
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring {optional}

How to Make the Tape Volcano

The size of your tape volcano will be determined by the height of your plastic container. We used a 16oz sour cream container – the kind that is taller than wide. You could also use two plastic containers – turn one upside down and stack the other one on top.

Find a large piece of cardboard or plastic tray to use as your base. We used the top of a pizza box. In hind sight, I wish we would have used a plastic base. I didn’t expect the volcano to last very long, but the tape has actually held up pretty well {even to a few rain storms}. The cardboard, however, has not lasted.

Tape your plastic container to middle of your cardboard or plastic tray. Use double side tape or fold over a piece of tape. This will keep the container from moving and make it easier to create the tape volcano.

Add a piece of tape from the top of the plastic container to the base angled like the side of a volcano. Continue adding tape around the plastic container in this fashion. Fill in any gaps with shorter pieces of tape.

Easy Tape Volcano
Here I’ve shown how to place the tape to create the side of the volcano using a cup and a plate.

Once you’ve added all of your tape, you have a complete volcano. I added some tape to the top of the plastic container, so the vinegar would not run under.

You can head outside to play at this point, or you can paint your volcano with acrylic paint. Washable tempera paint doesn’t adhere very well to tape and it will wash away with the vinegar.

Easy Tape Volcano

Erupting the Tape Volcano

I recommend erupting the volcano outside or in a large basin to catch the baking soda and vinegar.

Add a spoonful or two of baking soda to the plastic container. Pour in a cup or so of colored vinegar. {Just add a few drops of food coloring to the vinegar until it’s the color you want.}

Watch your volcano erupt.

Easy Tape Volcano

Easy Tape Volcano

 You may need to adjust the amount of baking soda or vinegar you add.

You can watch a video of our volcano erupting:

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This post was originally published on July 17, 2013.

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