Volcanic Mud FUN!

persil mud volcano

We have been having great fun in the garden with our new mud volcano we were sent by Persil.  Mr A doesn’t quite get the word right and calls it his ‘cano, but we’ll forgive him as he’s only 2!

Both boys were excited to try out the volcano and see how it erupted, but instead of setting it up on the grass on it’s own I thought it would be fun to create a dinosaur world small play.

The boys were clearly excited about this idea and raced around the garden whilst I dug soil from the un-planted area of the veg patch and dumped it onto the tuff spot.

Mr O placed the volcano in the middle and then we arranged the dinosaurs and a little vegetation around the volcano base, waiting for it to erupt.


Next we mixed a little soil with Bicarbonate of Soda and placed into the well in the volcano, so we could finally get on with the fun part!  Adding the vinegar!

persil mud volcano

We added a small amount of vinegar to start with and watched the reaction between the bicarb and vinegar and then the boys decided to add the rest of the bircarb (i.e. the entire tub!) and shook the vinegar all over it until the entire volcano was foaming and oozing ‘lava’.

persil mud volcano

The boys had great fun and spent a good 40 minutes playing with the dinosaurs and the volcano, until each dinosaur was finally head down in the lava…

persil mud volcano

Of course they were coated in mud so there was an entire clothes change out in the sun and the muddy clothes thrown straight in the wash with some Persil, an easy clean up really!

persil mud volcano

If you’re looking for more exciting children’s activities check out Persil’s Wild Explorer App.  You can search for activities by both age and the time you have, there are so many fantastic ideas there.

Do your children like small play worlds?

J x

* We were given the volcano for the purpose of this post, however all opinions are my own.


  1. September 5, 2016 / 10:33 am

    That looks like great fun, my two boys would love that! 🙂

  2. September 5, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    That looks like fantastic fun!
    We keep talking about making a volcano but never get around to it…

  3. September 5, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    Wow that’s such a great idea, dinosaurs, mud and a volcano sound like a little boy’s dream playground!

  4. September 7, 2016 / 7:14 am

    oh this is fun! We have made a Volcano before and my kids loved it, I love how you made a whole mini world though very cool #whatevertheweather

  5. September 7, 2016 / 10:27 am

    My daughter did this at school and loved it, great messy fun. Looks awesome doing it in the garden. Sarah #WhateverTheWeather

  6. September 7, 2016 / 10:58 am

    This looks like such amazing fun! Shall definitely be giving it a go. The small world dinosaur play gives it that extra something special! #whatevertheweather

  7. September 7, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    What a fab small world play. We have done the volcano experiment before and my kids love it! #Whatevertheweather

  8. September 7, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Wow! this looks so fun… I think my kids would love this too. I love the dinosaurs around it, looks so cool. Lovely photos. #Whatevertheweather

  9. September 7, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Ooh I’ve never actually done this! But it looks fun. My youngest especially loves messy play! #whatevertheweather

  10. September 7, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    My oldest would looooove this. The garden idea is so much better than the kitchen table


  11. September 8, 2016 / 9:24 am

    This is such a great idea, especially with the addition of the dinosaurs.

  12. September 8, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    So much fun, love the dinosaurs!! The same recipe can be used to clean your hob and I found out by accident that you can create a kitchen volcano, much to the delight of my kids!

  13. September 11, 2016 / 6:53 am

    Such a fab idea! I really need some new ideas for our tuff spot. Finn’s not too keen on getting messy (strange child!) but sure he could be persuaded! who knew you could have so much fun with bicarb and vinegar 🙂 #whatevertheweather

  14. September 11, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    I really need to get hold of one of those tuff spots for my daughters. I think they too would love it. #Whatevertheweather

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