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How to Make a Tornado for Kids

By Alicia Bodine
Learn about tornados by creating one in a bottle.

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.

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.

About the Author

Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for 13 years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, GoBankingRates and WiseGeek. Bodine is passionate about gardening, travel, education and finance. She has received awards for being a top content producer.