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Science of Tornados Experiment

Science of Tornados Science Project for Kids

My preschooler had this experiment set up in his classroom but when my kids were visiting for Pancake Breakfast Day, they would not stop playing with this.  It’s a great way to demonstrate the science of tornadoes AND use up some recyclables.  And this would be a fun and stress-free activity for the the summer.

If you want this to be a complete lesson, add this book to the mix.

You can purchase it by clicking on the image of the book  or get it from your library.  Thank You!

1.    Take one of the bottles and fill it halfway with water.

2.    Take the cap off of the other bottle and place it on top of the half-filled one so that the top of each bottle is touching..

3.    Tape the two bottles together in this position.  Try to avoid gaps between the bottles when taping to prevent leakage.  You might need quite a bit of tape.

4.    Once the two bottles are secure, they should look roughly like an hourglass.

5.    Now, hold the taped section with one hand, and the bottom bottle that has the water with the other hand, and turn the bottles over so that the one with the water is on top.

6.    Swirl the bottles a few times and a funnel should form.

There you have it!  A tornado in a bottle.  But, instead of air, we use water.

And while you are chatting with your kids about tornadoes, why not discuss some safety tips?

Courtesy of Cool-Science-Projects.com by way of Red Cross Talks.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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