Welcome to an exciting adventure in geology! Download and create a model volcano with our free printable project. This is a fantastic and easy-to-use resource to add to classroom or homeschool plans for exploring volcanoes and geology projects. So, gather your supplies, unleash your creativity, and let’s dive into the fascinating world of volcanoes! Find additional volcano activities below.


Learn About Volcanoes For Kids

Volcanoes provide a tangible example of the Earth’s dynamic nature, and show the movement of molten rock beneath the surface and its eruption onto the land. Through hands-on activities like a volcano diorama, students can explore concepts such as magma chambers, vents, and lava flows. By connecting volcanoes to broader earth science topics, teachers, parents, and caregivers can ignite curiosity and foster a love for learning about the world around us.

How To Make A Volcano Diorama

To begin our volcanic expedition, gather the materials needed for this project.

Supplies needed:

Note: Both a color and black and white version is included in the free paper volcano project pack. You can choose to make either!

  • Printable paper volcano template (download below)
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or markers
  • Glue or tape
  • Cardstock or thick paper (optional)


STEP 1. Download the free printable paper volcano template below. Print it out on regular printer paper or thicker if you have it.

STEP 2. Once you have the template printed, grab your crayons or markers and add vibrant colors to the various parts of the paper volcano. Get creative with your color choices!

You can color the volcano cone brown or gray to mimic real volcanic rock. You can use reds, oranges, and yellows for the lava.

STEP 3. Carefully cut out each part of the template along the solid lines.

STEP 4. After cutting out all the parts, fold along the dotted lines to create the three-dimensional structure of the paper volcano. The cone should be folded into a cone shape, and the base should be folded to stand upright.

STEP 5. Use glue or tape and attach the folded sections as needed.

STEP 6. (Optional) Now that your volcano is assembled, it’s time to bring your paper volcano to life! You can add details such as trees, rocks, and even tiny figurines to create a realistic volcanic landscape around your volcano.

STEP 7. To enhance the educational aspect of this project, different parts of the volcano include labels. This will help kids learn about the parts of a volcano while assembling the model.


Quick Volcano Facts For Kids

  • Volcanoes are openings in the Earth’s crust where magma (molten rock) can escape to the surface.
  • The molten rock inside a volcano is called magma when it’s underground and lava when it reaches the surface.
  • Volcanoes can be found on every continent and even underwater.
  • The largest volcano in the solar system is Olympus Mons on Mars, which is about 13.6 miles (22 kilometers) high.
  • There are different types of volcanoes, including shields, stratovolcanoes, and cinder cones, each with unique characteristics.
  • Volcanic eruptions can vary in intensity, from gentle lava flows to explosive eruptions that eject ash, gases, and rocks into the air.

Free Paper Volcano Printable

Download the paper volcano printable here or click on the image below.

More Fun Volcano Activities

There are so many fun ways to explore volcanoes! These ideas below use a favorite baking soda and vinegar reaction to make an erupting volcano.

Geology Activities for Kids

Volcanoes are captivating natural phenomena that offer a fascinating gateway into the world of geology and earth science for elementary students. Kids can delve into the Earth’s structure by studying volcanoes, and other geological features, learning about the processes that shape our planet.

Printable Geology Activities Pack

Kids love rocks, and this 100+ page Geology Pack is a fantastic way to encourage their passion for exploring, learning, and collecting!


  • 8+ Hands-On Learning Activities exploring crystals, rocks, and volcanos
  • Additional mini-packs include materials to learn about soil layers, layers of the earth, and the rock cycle!
  • Extras include vocabulary words, fun games, and projects.
  • Be a Collector Pack: start a rock collection like a geologist
  • 3 Dioramas: Build 3 models including rock cycle, soil layers, and layers of the earth