May
07

Easy Steam Activities: Tornado In A Jar

Tornado In A Jar

Easy Steam Activities 

Easy Steam Activities Tornado In A Jar

Tornado in a Jar

Materials Needed:

2 jars with lids (or plastic bottles)
Tap Water
Dish soap
Vinegar
Glitter
Food Coloring
Teaspoon (for measuring)

Create A Hypothesis

Ask your kids to make a hypothesis about what they think is going to happen! Check at the end to see if their hypothesis was correct.

Procedure

JAR 1

1. Fill jar 1 3/4 way with tap water 

2. Add 1 teaspoon  of vinegar to jar 1

3. Add 1 teaspoon of dish soap to jar 1

4. Add 1 teaspoon  of glitter to jar 1

5. Put the lid on jar 1 and close the lid on tightly

6. Shake the jar in a circle motion for 5 seconds (don’t shake up and down, shake clockwise or counter clockwise) 

7. Watch before your eyes as a vortex begins to form!

JAR 2

1. Fill jar 2 3/4 way with tap water 

2. Add 1 teaspoon  of vinegar to jar 2

3. Add 1 teaspoon of dish soap to jar 2

4. Add 1 drop  of food coloring to jar 2

5. Put the lid on jar 2 and close the lid on tightly

6. Shake the jar in a circle motion for 5 seconds (don’t shake up and down, shake clockwise or counter clockwise) 

7. Watch before your eyes as a vortex begins to form!

Science behind the tornado in a jar: When you spin the water, it creates the vortex in the center, centripetal force causes the water to spin around that vortex making a tornado!

Ask your kids to think of other places in your home where you see a vortex! 

The toilet!

The tub when it’s draining!

Easy Steam Activities Tornado In A Jar

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions leave them in the comments below. 

XO, Celeste Wright 

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