How to Make an Earthquake Model for Kids

••• Ignacio Lopez/Demand Media

Earthquake models vary from complex to easy to make. If you're working with kids, you can make a fun and easy earthquake model out of gelatin. Best of all, the kids will have fun eating it afterward.

    ••• Ignacio Lopez/Demand Media

    Pour the water into the pot, and heat it on the stove until it comes to a rolling boil.

    ••• Ignacio Lopez/Demand Media

    Pour the boiling water into the baking pan, and stir in the gelatin powder.

    ••• Ignacio Lopez/Demand Media

    Put the pan into the refrigerator for several hours, until gelatin is firm.

    ••• Ignacio Lopez/Demand Media

    Cut a piece of plastic wrap in half and lay the two halves, touching each other, on a counter.

    ••• Ignacio Lopez/Demand Media

    Remove the pan from the refrigerator. Warm the bottom of the pan by holding it aloft over low heat until the gelatin can be removed.

    ••• Ignacio Lopez/Demand Media

    Slide the gelatin out of the pan and onto the plastic wrap, putting about half of the gelatin on each side of the wrap.

    ••• Ignacio Lopez/Demand Media

    Make a cut in the gelatin that runs along the same area as the cut in the plastic wrap.

    ••• Ignacio Lopez/Demand Media

    Slide the two chunks of jello past each other. The chunks of jello act like Earth's plates. When they slide past each other, you will see an earthquake form along the "fault."

    Things You'll Need

    • Baking pan, 8 x 8 inches
    • Measuring cup
    • 2 1/2 cups water
    • Pot
    • Stove
    • 12 oz. powdered gelatin (two standard-size boxes)
    • Spoon
    • Plastic wrap
    • Scissors
    • Knife


    • Sanitize the counter before making the model. That way, even if the gelatin slides off the plastic wrap, it will still be safe to eat.


    • Be careful when using boiling water around children.


About the Author

Keren (Carrie) Perles is a freelance writer with professional experience in publishing since 2004. Perles has written, edited and developed curriculum for educational publishers. She writes online articles about various topics, mostly about education or parenting, and has been a mother, teacher and tutor for various ages. Perles holds a Bachelor of Arts in English communications from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Photo Credits

  • Ignacio Lopez/Demand Media