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Papier Mache Volcano

Duration: any

Age: child, parent

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun


Where at home do all of your pens live? In a jar, or a cup, or an old yogurt tub? Why not get your kids involved in making a fantastic volcano pen holder out of recycled scraps from around the house?

Jessica (21 months) liked the pens by our phone (in an upright holder) so we
made a volcano for her pens rather than putting them in a boring icecream
container. We made it from waste cardboard and paper, then painted it. She
loves it and points to and names the paint and glitter often.
- Debra Gauntlett, Auckland 


  • Tin can/container
  • Old newspapers
  • Cardboard boxes e.g. from a cereal packet
  • Glue; bought or home made (flour and water mixed to a paste)
  • Paint and brushes
  • Glitter and more glue


  • This takes some time so plan a few days.
  • Slowly build up the layers of cardboard and paper around the can or plastic container.
  • Allow each layer to dry before adding a new one.
  • When your layers resemble a volcano, get out the paint and brushes.
  • Allow to dry before adding glue and glitter.