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Sensory Building Activity For Kids: Homemade Volcano

by Heather Brummett on November 14, 2012

Sensory Processing Disorders are very common in children on the Autism Spectrum. One great way to treat SPD at home is through play or sensory integration activities. This week we did a homemade volcano using household items. This is a fun sensory building activity to help those with SPD but also great for all children.

This homemade volcano is a really fun science experiment using items I already had. My little man loves to get dirty and be hands on so creating a volcano and watching it erupt sounded perfect. We put on some old clothes and grabbed some items from the kitchen and had a BLAST!

Supplies:

  • Baking Soda (not powder)
  • White Vinegar
  • containers (we used disposable party cups)
  • spoons
  • food color

How-to:

  1. Fill a cup about 1/4-1/3 full of white vinegar
  2. Allow your child to put food coloring drops in the cup
  3. Fill a spoon till heaping with baking soda
  4. Count to 3 and let your child pour the soda in the cup
  5. Watch it erupt

You can do this with several cups at once or do one at a time. Allow your child to listen to the sounds of the reaction. He or she will be amazed with the chemical reaction and how the colorful foam covers the cup and the ground. The textures from the begin to end change and are fascinating. Let your child feel the different stages and ingredients. Ask them to notice the smell as it changes. Their fine motor skills are put to work while using the dropper to add food coloring and pouring the spoon.

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