Make a tornado in a jar – That’s right, get in a spin and create your own mini natural disaster using some household items and a bit of glitter.
You will need:
1 x jar with a lid
Washing up liquid
Fill the jar 3/4 full with water.
Add in a few drops of washing up liquid and a couple of pinches of glitter.
Put the lid on tightly and carefully turn the jar upside down over the sink to make sure it does not leak. Use duct tape to secure the cap if required.
Keeping the jar upside down start to spin it in a circular motion. After a few spins stop and take a look…. You should be able to see your mini tornado begin to form but if not, don’t worry as it can take a couple of tries!
The Science Bit…
By spinning your jar in a circular motion you are creating a centripetal force which causes a mini vortex to form – This is your tornado.
Round and round…
This is the part where you can go and find out some fun facts about vortexes to impress your friends and family. Tornados are natural disasters which are air vortexes. In the USA there is an area nicknamed “Tornado Alley” due to the amount of tornados that pass through the area.
Can you find out how big the biggest recorded tornado was? You will be amazed!
Other than tornados, where else can vortexes be found in nature? Do a quick search on the internet, you may find some cool pictures, facts and videos!!
FunScience Hint: Search ‘Fire Whirl’ on google.