Get your kids interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) with this easy science project that explores physics. Tornado in a Jar project shows kids how physics applies to everyday life using just a jar or bottle, water, dishwashing liquid, and glitter. Kids create a water vortex that looks like a mini tornado.
Science Lab Supplies
- Free printable lab notebook with full instructions (download in the free printable library)
The lab book contains three easy science experiments for kids and contains areas to record your notes and observations. You can print it on card stock or plain paper and assemble it with ring clips or staples. It would be perfect for a science party.
Tornado in a Jar Supplies
- A clear jar or bottle with a lid that doesn’t leak
- Dishwashing liquid (for the sink, not the dishwasher)
- Food coloring (optional)
Tornado in a Jar Instructions
- Fill the jar about three-quarters full with water.
- Add a drop or two of dishwashing liquid.
- Add a few pinches of glitter
- Put the lid on tightly.
- Quickly swirl the bottle in a circular motion for a few seconds then set it down. You should see a mini tornado in the water (this might take a few tries).
Complete the lab notes section of the lab notebook (download in the free printable library) with your kids. Have them record their predictions and observations. Try the experiment without dish soap and record the changes. Try adding a drop of food coloring and make a prediction about the appearance of the tornado.
More Cool Science Experiments for Kids
Make sure to check out my post about Cool Science Experiments for Kids, my free printable lab notebook (download in the free printable library), and check out my Penny Shine & Fishing for Ice projects.
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