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Tornado in a Jar – Science Excitement

Tornado in a Jar Science Excitement

Tornado in a Jar – Science Excitement

 

Another project/experiment for you and the kiddos.

Have you ever made a tornado in a jar?  This is the “how to” from Weather Wiz Kids.

First you need a jar – plastic or glass as long as it is clear.  I used a large Mason Jar just because it was the most readily available.

You need:  1 tsp clear dish soap per 8 oz jar; 1 tsp vinegar (white or apple cider) per 8 oz jar; and water filling the jar 3/4 of the way to the top.

Then you simple shake and spin the water at the same time – shake enough to make the bubbles and spin enough to create the rotation.  The tornado will only be visible for a few seconds so I needed to be quick to snap the shots and the quickest way to do that was with my iPhone.  You could add a couple drops of food coloring if you like but not more than a couple or you won’t be able to see what is going on in the jar – been there and done that.  Plus I filled this one with more than 3/4 of the jar full of water – the results would have been a little more impressive with a little less water.  But still the kids love it and keep walking over to the table and creating their tornado.

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