How to Make a Tornado for Kids

Learn about tornados by creating one in a bottle.
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According to FEMA, tornadoes reach wind speeds of up to 300 miles per hour. They are extremely violent storms that cause significant damage to property and serious injury to people (even death). As children study weather conditions in science class, they are bound to come across tornadoes. Once the tornado lesson is complete, students can create their own tornado to observe how a tornado forms into a rotating funnel.

Things You'll Need

  • Embossing Glitter
  • Water
  • Clear Plastic Bottle
  • Straw
  • 2 Drops Of Dish Soap

Place two drops of dish soap in to a clear plastic bottle. You can use an old 16-ounce soda bottle or an old shampoo bottle. Just make sure you wash it out first.

Pour water in to the plastic bottle until it is reaches the 3/4 mark. This depends on the size bottle you are working with, but if you used a 16-ounce soda bottle, you would need to add 12 ounces of water.

Dip a straw 1/4 of the way in to the water in your plastic bottle. Remove it and dip it the same length in to the glitter. The glitter will stick to the water on the straw. Now return the straw to the water in the plastic bottle and the glitter will come off and float around in the water.

Screw the lid on your plastic bottle so that it is nice and tight.

Spin the plastic bottle around quickly in a circular fashion ten times. Stop and watch the tornado form in the bottle. Spin again when the tornado stops if you want to keep watching.