Earth science doesn’t have to be a dry subject. Take volcanoes—they’re exciting, powerful, dangerous, and all in all pretty fascinating to kids. We put together a playlist of the best volcano videos for kids for maximum fun and science learning. Check them out!
Volcanoes for Kids
This is a great little introduction to the three different types of volcanoes: cinder cone, composite, and shield.
What is a Volcano?
Twig Education takes on this most essential of questions as you begin your exploration of volcanoes.
Fifteen hundred active volcanoes on Earth?! Yep—you heard that right! This video with kid hosts Amanda and Keith is one of several short, informative volcano videos from National Geographic Kids.
All About Volcanoes: How They Form, Eruptions & More!
SciShow Kids is always good for science content. In this video, Jessi and Squeaks explore nature’s way of letting off a little steam.
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Volcanoes
Introduce a new generation to the ’90s’ favorite scientist! Join Bill Nye as he takes on the hot-hot-hot world of volcanoes. You can also find out what he has to say about plate tectonics.
This intro to volcanoes from National Geographic is five minutes long and great for older students. They’ll be interested in the VEI (Volcanic Explosivity Index).
Volcano Eruption Explained
Don’t let the animation throw you off. This offering from TED-Ed is an in-depth explanation of how volcanoes form and what causes their eruptions.
How to Volcanoes Erupt
Leave it to the StoryBots to come up with a catchy song to explain how a volcano erupts. Your students will be singing, “Hot lava fondue.”
Earthquakes & Volcanoes
This is a great illustration of volcanic eruption. Plus, there’s some bonus content about a related phenomenon—the earthquake.
The Ring of Fire
This episode of Twinkle Trails takes us to Hawaii, where we learn about the layers of the Earth and the what and why behind this special area prone to major geological events.
We love the Are We There Yet? series from Travel Kids! In this episode, Rosie and Julian meet up with a volcano expert to learn about Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Watch as they get a sample of the lava for an experiment!
Nature Cat: Tally Ho! A Volcano!
Hooray for PBS Kids! In this episode, Nature Cat and friends form the Amateur Volcanologist Club. It’s good fun peppered with solid information.
Nature cams aren’t just for animals. Volcanoverse provides live monitoring of volcanoes and earthquakes 24/7 worldwide. Watch those hot spots!
Calling all Moana fans! You’re going to love this geological love story from Pixar inspired by a real underwater volcano off the coast of the Big Island.
This round-up wouldn’t be complete without a tutorial for the classic baking soda and vinegar volcano. We like this one from the Arizona Science Center.
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