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4M Volcano Making Kit

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  • The Volcano Making Kit is a hands-on science project that creates a simulated erupting volcano.
  • This kit includes fast drying plaster, volcano mold, paint, paint brush and stir stick.
  • Detailed instructions for use and care are included.
  • Requires vinegar and baking soda for eruption (not included).
  • Recommended for ages 7 years and up.
  • Challenge your child's imagination with 4M toys and kits.
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Teach children about the awesome power of volcanoes with the 4M Volcano Making Kit. The Volcano Making Kit is a hands-on science project that creates a simulated erupting volcano. This kit includes fast drying plaster, volcano mold, paint, paint brush and stir stick. Detailed instructions for use and care are included. Requires vinegar and baking soda for eruption (not included). Recommended for ages 7 years and up.

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Product Dimensions 6.6 x 2.3 x 8.6 inches
Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer 4M
ASIN B0007KK0V2
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Item model number 3431
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Best Sellers Rank #15,567 in Home and Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home and Kitchen)
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WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - small parts. Not for children under 3 years.


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I bought this kit for my mom and I (my mom is 60, I'm 37) and we spent 2 winter evenings building volcanoes. The kit comes in a surprisingly small box, that's because the volcano mold is made of 4 panels that snap together. The kit includes the 4 volcano panels, a volcano chimney, a small bag of plaster, and watercolor paint. The panels and chimney are made of strong plastic and will not break.

It was not a completely trouble-free experience, the amount of plaster provided is not quite enough and does not allow for mistakes. Sure enough, we made a mistake on the first attempt, we waited too long between mixing the plaster and pouring it in the mold, and ended up with a mess. The solution was to go to the local store to buy a box of plaster of Paris, which allowed to make 2 volcanoes without worrying about running out.

After pouring the plaster and letting it set, the mold is taken apart to reveal the "cracked" surface of the volcano, which looks nice. The chimney remains inside, that's where the mix of soda and vinegar will go. That means the kit is not intended for making more than one volcano at a time. That was a small problem to address when making the second volcano, I cut out the spout of a water bottle and used it as the chimney for the other volcano. Worked well.

Once both volcanoes have hardened and dried, then came the arts part of the project: using the watercolor, make the while plaster look like a volcano. The colors include red, yellow, blue and green, and by mixing colors one can figure out how to make the desired colors. My mom and I had different styles, I went for a more authentic look with brown and green at the bottom, and orange "lava" at the top, and my mom went for a more hippie-looking volcano. They both looked great.
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This is a great idea -- a reusable mold for a reusable volcano, and it comes with everything except water and vinegar, easy enough. First, and only real complaint, the directions stink. They tell you to add a bottle for an enlarged eruption chamber after they told you to pour the plaster in the mold. Add the bottle first, then pour. Also, it is extremely difficult to get the plastic eruption chamber cylinder out after the mold has dried. It fell off the ring on our first try, and we had to break the mold to get it out. The second time, it fell down into the bottle, and we had to carve away a little bit of the volcano to get it out. There is nothing to grab onto. A loop with string molded into the bottom to pull it out would be great. The third time, it shifted a bit to the side, and was a PAIN to remove. It gets a bit damaged each time from stretching, pulling and poking, so I am not sure how long it will last. I see no reason it cannot be molded to the ring so it can be pulled out by the ring. On a minor note, the paint colors it comes with are inappropriate, but probably generic. White, yellow, green, red, blue and black. No brown? We mixed our own, but still. An awesome product to erupt once you finally get a complete, viable one.
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Bought for my 3 and 4 year old boys. We made filled the mold and then watched the National Geographic documentary on volcanoes to keep them interested. Here are some notes that made our experience better:

1. It is a 2-day project so tell kids in advance. Day one is making and setting the plaster in the mold; day two is for painting and eruptions.

2. Chamber - rub Vaseline around all bits of the chamber so the plaster won't harden to it. It is a super easy solution that makes the chamber removable and thus reusable many times. (Remember in grade school covering your face with Vaseline to make a plaster mask for your parents? Right, same idea here.) After about 20 minutes simply give the chamber a tug and slide it out before the plaster completely dries and hardens (over night). The Vaseline keeps it from sticking.

3. Use twice the baking soda and vinegar as suggested or the eruption is underwhelming.

4. Use food color instead of paint in the chamber mixture. Paint doesn't dissolve as uniformly at all.

5. Remember it is a small mold - roughly producing a 6" volcano - so don't expect a centerpiece for your table. The smaller size, however, makes it extremely manageable! We set ours in an 8x8 baking pan for the eruptions for easy clean-up.

Good luck. The kit is a WONDERFUL value.
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People need to read the manual! The volcano mold is filled with plaster while upsidedown.
The confusion over the "eruption chamber" is that ONE plastic tube (with sealed bottom end to prevent the plaster from being poured into it) is included, and will become one with the plaster inside of the volcano--the area where you add your vinegar/baking soda later--therefore the tube/eruption chamber is not reusable.

The tube is basically the size of an 35mm film canister, and STAYS inside the volcano because the plaster won't allow it to budge once it is set. The volcano mold itself is reusable a zillion times, but you will need to come up with your own insert for the cavity (a plastic bottle neck with the cap on one end, an old 35mm film canister, even cardboard taped together like a 1 1/4" diameter tube will work).

Obviously the bigger the "chamber" the greater amount of "lava" may be used. Whatever you put in the top (small point) of the volcano to create the recess inside the volcano will stay there forever stuck to the plaster.

Plaster mixes quicker than oatmeal, and sets in 20 minutes, so no horsing around, or you will be at Michaels looking for more plaster.

I added a few pictures to the product page that may be more explanatory than what I've written here. Click the "View and share related images" link.
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