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How to Make a Tornado in a Jar

I love science, I love hands on learning, and I love learning about the weather! But what I love even more than all of that… is projects with a low mess impact on my home. I view science with my kids kind of like a teenager views school work… very very minimalist. This month when we made our own tornado in a jar it was so much fun I just had to share it with you. I promise you, if you make it over your sink, and glue on your lid, you’ll have yourself a ten minute miracle project! It’s going to teach your kids AND occupy them at the same time! It’s pretty much win-win up in here. Just stop reading and hit the pin it flag on the picture below, you know you’ll forget about it as soon as your kids come asking you a question… just keeping it real 😉

how to make a tornado in a jar with this fun science experiment for kids, perfect for homeschooling science! An engaging educational project that will be done with no mess or fuss in 5 minutes! Check it out!

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How to make a tornado in a jar!

What you need to make a tornado in a jar:

  • Glass jar with a lid (mason jar, pickle jar, jam jar, anything will work).
  • Water.
  • Clear Dish Soap (or blue if you have it).
  • Vinegar.
  • Blue Food Dye.

Once you have your supplies, you are ready to go!

  1. Fill your jar about 3/4 full with water and add in 3-5 drops of blue food dye (depending on the size of your jar and how dark you want the water to be).
  2. Add a teaspoon of dish soap and a teaspoon of vinegar to your blue water.
  3. Tighten your lid, and if you are concerned about spillage… use a hot glue gun quickly around the rim and quickly tighten the lid before it can dry. This will secure your lid and ensure you don’t have blue water all over your white carpet (using my brain, I know!).

Simply hold the jar by the lid and rotate it around in a circle in a smooth, steady motion with your wrist and watch the vortex form. Here is a cute little video to use to create a lesson out of you little science project.

If you loved the simplicity of this science experiment, head on over and check out my cloud in a jar experiment as well! You’ll be learning about weather and creating little super geniuses at the same time 😉

If you try this experiment, tag me #rebeccaspoonerpg on Instagram so I can see what you guys have been up to!

What’s your favorite, simple science experiment?

Comments

  1. I’m 26 and just started homeschooling. I have no idea what to do or where to start. I saw this experience and said this would be a great idea to teach him about weather and climax. Thank you for the idea and if you can help me any further on what to do please feel free to

  2. We did not have success when following directions above. Our best results came with clear water and clear dish soap, also just plain clear water. We tried with and without vinegar and found it to make no difference at all. Leaving the jar on vinyl floor surface to spin fast by wrist was easier than holding it off surface. We also added various materials to see if thet were pulled up, pushed down or simply spun. We used tiny bits of styrofoam, some sand, small fish tank like pebbles, one small rock (glass breaks with big rocks) and some small bits of sticks. We discussed all of the results as they happened and let my boy determine what materuals to add. Overall a pretty cool project for me and my 4yr old boy. Thanks for blogging it!

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