Tornado in a Jar

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For once contain the mess and make a tornado in a jar!

This is a great way for kids to learn about weather systems and the science behind storms.  Besides that, it's just plain fun!  My kids loved making tornadoes and wanted to make them again and again.  Read on to see how you can set up this simple experiment with your kids.
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  • What is a tornado?  
  • Why does it form?  
  • What does it look like up close?

Get the answers to those questions and so much more with this simple science lesson for kids.

Tornado Experiment for Kids

Materials
Optional additions:
  • Begin by filling a jar with cold water, leaving 1-2 inches from the top.  You can use any type of jar for this as long as it is round & has a lid.
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  • The vinegar just helps to dissipate any bubbles from forming so that you can more easily see the "tornado".
  • Once the ingredients are combined the experiment can begin!

Making a Tornado in a Jar

  • Have kids firmly grip the jar and swirl it around & around.
  • Then, stop!
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  • What happens?
  • The jar has stopped.
  • However, the liquid is still moving.
  • Why?  We have created a water vortex, or a tornado, inside of the jar!
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  • So cool!
My kids loved making tornadoes and wanted to do this fun bit of science again & again!

Extend the Fun
  • Make tornadoes in every color of the rainbow!
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  • Simply repeat the steps above using a different color of food coloring each time.
  • Try this experiment with varying temperatures of water.  
Do the results change?

The Science
Read more on the science behind weather storms and how tornadoes form by following the links below.
Tips & Tricks
  • After making a few tornadoes your jar(s) may start to fill with bubbles, making it harder to see the "storm" inside.
  • If this happens simply open the jar, scoop the bubbles out with a spoon, reseal the jar, and the fun can begin again!
  • You only need 1-2 drops of food coloring to color your tornado.  If you use to much it can become hard to see the storm inside the jar.
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