We were under a tornado warning for almost 2 straight hours last night with the sirens blaring about a half-dozen times. Living in tornado alley, this isn’t an uncommon occurrence during spring evenings. But after seeing the devastation in Joplin a few weeks ago, there is no way that I will ever take a tornado warning lightly again.
To ease a bit of the tension from last night, Big Brother and I made our very own tornado using 2-liter bottles (idea from here)!
Here’s what you’ll need: 2 2-liter bottles, duct tape, and water. If you want it to be drip-free, I would suggest a Tornado Tube. Otherwise, it will drip a little bit. Also, you can add food coloring and glitter (for debris), but I wouldn’t suggest doing so unless you have a tornado tube as it will leak.
|(Omit the food coloring unless you are using a tornado tube)|
|1. Fill one 2-liter bottles up about 2/3 with water.|
|2. Place the other bottle on top, lining up the openings as best you can.|
|2. Duct tape the two bottles together as tightly as possible (it will still leak a little bit).|
|Take it outside (because it leaks) and turn it upside down (so that the water is in the top bottle). Spin counter-clockwise.|
|Watch your tornado form and repeat!|
If you have an older child interested in learning about tornadoes, go here for more information on how/why they form.
This book explains tornadoes so that even preschoolers can understand. Gives young children an understanding of tornadoes, the danger involved, and how to stay safe.