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The tornado in a jar experiment is a great way to teach kids about weather conditions such as tornados and safety measures for nature related events.

Tornado in a Jar Experiment
Materials you will need: 

  • Glass jar (Mason Jar or a Pickle Jar, just needs to have a lid!)
  • Water
  • Blue food colouring (3-5 drops)
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of dish soap (clear or blue)
  • Measuring Spoons

Tornado in a Jar Experiment Steps:

  1. Fill the jar almost to the rim with cold water.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of clear or blue liquid soap to the jar of water.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to the jar.
  4. Add 3-5 drops of blue food colouring if you wish.
  5. Put the lid back on the jar very tightly.
  6. Shake the jar.

Now you can watch the tornado spin in a safe place for your observation.


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Melissa Shoesmith

Hello, my name is Melissa Shoesmith and I am currently in my fifth semester at Seneca College in the Bachelors of Child Development program. I am completing my field placement here at Oak Learners. Working with children is the most rewarding job in the world in my opinion. I love having the opportunity to watch children learn and grow. I always want to make a positive impact on a child's life!
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