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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June 10: First tornado ever recorded (1682)

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In 1682, the first recorded tornado occurred in New Haven, Connecticut. Kids can make tornadoes to gain a better understanding of how they work.



  • tall, clear plastic jars
  • aluminum foil
  • clear liquid soap
  • water
  • food coloring
  • teaspoon


  1. Discuss what a tornado is and if children have ever seen one.
  2. Place a teaspoon of clear liquid soap in a plastic jar.
  3. Roll foil into 4-6 tight, small balls and place in jar.
  4. Fill jar with water.
  5. Add 1-2 drops of food coloring.
  6. Rotate the jar in a clockwise direction and water will begin swirling.
  7. The model represents an actual tornado.

Source(s): 100 Science Activities for Kids (activity D12).

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