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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
- food coloring
- Discuss what a tornado is and if children have ever seen one.
- Place a teaspoon of clear liquid soap in a plastic jar.
- Roll foil into 4-6 tight, small balls and place in jar.
- Fill jar with water.
- Add 1-2 drops of food coloring.
- Rotate the jar in a clockwise direction and water will begin swirling.
- The model represents an actual tornado.
Source(s): 100 Science Activities for Kids (activity D12).
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