How to make an earthquake model for kids

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Make a cut in the gelatin that runs along the same area as the cut in the cling film.

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."


Sanitise the counter before making the model. That way, even if the gelatin slides off the cling film, it will still be safe to eat.


Be careful when using boiling water around children.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking pan, 8 x 8 inches
  • Measuring cup
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • Pot
  • Stove
  • 340gr. powdered gelatin (two standard-size boxes)
  • Spoon
  • Cling film
  • Scissors
  • Knife
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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.