Doing science experiments at home is a great way to get your kids excited about learning. Cool science experiments spark curiosity and inspire kids to want to learn more. What could be better than that?
We think weather experiments are awesome and one of the kids’ favorites is making a tornado. The tornado in a jar science experiment is so simple that I bet you already have all of the supplies in your kitchen to make it right now!
Weather is fascinating for kids of all ages–especially tornadoes! Study them in a non-scary way by making a tornado in a jar. Kids will love to swirl the jar and watch the funnel cloud form and the debris get pushed outside of it.
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Tornado in a Jar
- empty and clean glass or plastic jar with a tight fitting top
- dish soap
Fill the jar 3/4 of the way full with water. We just used the plain tap water from our sink. Add a small squirt (just a drop or two) of the dish soap.
Next put about a teaspoon of glitter inside. We found that the larger, chunkier glitter didn’t work as well as the finer glitter so you may want to try that first. Next screw on the top on tightly and it’s tornado time!
Shake the jar briefly to mix everything up and then swirl it around in a circle a couple of times. Then stop and look and you’ll see a “tornado” inside!
This post is part of the A to Z Science Series on Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails. Click on the photo below to see all the rest of the posts!
Here are some more simple kitchen science experiments to try!