Friday, May 27, 2011

Tis The Season For a Tornado in a Jar

It truly is the season to create a tornado in a jar. Tornados have been sweeping across the USA and in our area too! Cassie is fascinated with tornados and has wanted to know all about them.  Last week we even drove through an area in the state of Virginia that was torn up by tornados. It was devastating to see houses and businesses totally gone! I can't even imagine this happening to me. My heart goes out to all that have suffered such devastation. Cassie is watching our tornados in a jar here....but you cannot see the action in the pictures! Cassie had a lot of fun making these tornados in a jar! She even asked, "Will these tornados get out of their jars?" I think she sincerely was worried!!!

Materials for Tornado in a Jar:
mayo or canning jar
1 tsp clear liquid soap
1 tsp. vinegar
We followed the directions on making Tornados in A Jar here. The website is called: Weather Wiz Kids and it is a totally amazing site for all things Weather!!! I know I will back to check out more! The first step was to get a mayonnaise or canning jar.  We used a huge applesauce and spaghetti sauce jar. We are not huge mayo fans here! FIrst we filled the jars 3/4 of the way with water.

Then we added 1 teaspoon of the liquid soap in each jar. After the liquid soap, we added 1 teaspoon of vinegar in each jar.

Next we added a few drops of food coloring in each jar. They said only to add food coloring if you want to be more creative! Of course!!!!!!

Then we added gold glitter for the debris that the tornado would be moving around.

Then we shook the jar to mix all the ingredients.

Next Cassie got up on her feet and swirled the jar around to create the tornado. Cassie did it very angrily for some reason? I guess it was a lot of effort!

According to Wiz Kids website the swirling motion forms the vortex and is an easy way to create a tornado! It really works...wish you could see the action! I guess you'll have to try it for yourself!!!

What kinds of Weather fascinates children that you know?

***Check out some great tornado facts, experiments, lesson plans, and other projects at Weather Wiz Kids here.

***Explanation of the science behind this at Kid's Crossing here.

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  1. What a fun idea! With all the tornadoes in our area - this would be a nice way of talking about tornadoes with young children as well.

  2. I love that this combines are and science! Not always an easy thing to do. I'm going to try this with Wesley. He would love it (because he's ALWAYS up for pouring things into jars).

  3. This has our name written all over it! Such a good lesson fort curious little minds. Can't wait to try it, M!

  4. I'm curious, so I'll have to look at the Kid's Crossing link - what the vinegar and soap do to make the vortex... :) Wish we could see it to, we'll have to give it a go!

  5. Excellent science which is ideal for classrooms! Many thanks for the link in the Resource Centre

  6. What a great science experiment! Your little one looked so excited! I really appreciated all of your link ups!

  7. Oooooh what an amazing experiment!! How fun and brilliant all at once!

    Thank you again for linking to Kids Get Crafty. You are fab!


  8. Mmmh, I thought I had commented... in case I haven't.. I think this is a fabulously fun indoor activity! Great for rainy days and fascinating for small minds!

    Thank you again for stopping by and linking to Kids Get Crafty!!


  9. This experiment is ideal for my classroom! Thank you for this pOst!

  10. I will have to try this one day. One of the pictures it looks like she is going to throw the bottle. It made me laugh. Thanks for sharing again at art 4 little hands. I hope you will come back again tomorrow.

  11. I love your blog, thank you for sharing your fantastic ideas. Greetings from my creative activities blog.

  12. Love the idea of using glitter for debris! I think I might try sequins. They should be light enough.

  13. This is a great idea! Unfortunately, relevant for right now in the US:( I will have to try this out with my son!