Make A Tornado.

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Make A Tornado.

Here is a great, easy activity to allow students to get up close and personal with the concept of a tornado. Here is how to make your classroom twisters:

Water, Vinegar, 8-10 oz. can/jar with lid (small coffee cans work well.), clear liquid dish soap, and Glitter.


1. Fill the can/jar 2/3 full with water.
2. Place one teaspoon of liquid soap and vinegar in can/jar.
3. Sprinkle in a pinch of glitter.
4. Close the lid of the can/jar and twist to see tornado vortex.”

Facts about Tornado’s – for children.

  • A tornado is a rapidly spinning tube of air that touches both the ground and a cloud above.
  • Tornadoes are sometimes called twisters.
  • Not all tornadoes are visible but their high wind speeds and rapid rotation often form a visible funnel of condensed water.
  • The Fujita Scale is a common way of measuring the strength of tornadoes. The scale ranges from F0 tornadoes that cause minimal damage through to F5 tornadoes which cause massive damage.
  • Most tornadoes have wind speeds less than 161 kilometres per hour.
  • Extreme tornadoes can reach wind speeds of over 483 kilometres per hour.
  • Most tornadoes travel a few miles before exhausting themselves.
  • Extreme tornadoes can travel much further, sometimes over 161kilometres per hour.
  • In the southern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a clockwise direction.
  • In the northern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a counterclockwise direction.
  • A tornado that occurs over water is often called a waterspout.
  • Weather radars are used to detect tornadoes and give advanced warning.
  • Basements and other underground areas are the safest places to seek refuge during a tornado. It is also a good idea to stay away from windows.

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