On Monday, we went to the library and my six year old son wanted to look for science books. We were lucky to come across the book How to Build a Tornado in a Bottle by Lori Shores! We went home and read the book right away. We made a list of the things we didn't have (two liter bottles) and made sure to pick some up at the store the next time we went shopping.
How to Build a Tornado in a Bottle is very user friendly for new readers, so it was perfect for my six year old. He was able to read all of the materials and followed most of the directions by reading and looking at the very clear, simple photographs. This book not only tells you how to make a tornado in a bottle, but also explains the science behind tornadoes. My son has enjoyed reading it before and after our project! We were so happy with this book that we are already getting ready for our next experiment using another book from this series!
First, we gathered all of our materials.
The boys took turns measuring water and adding blue food coloring.
After pouring the water in, the boys helped me line up the bottles and tape the openings together. We also added a tiny house from a board game so that it would look like the house was caught in the tornado.
Once it was together, we headed outside to play with it. My six year old caught on to how to make a tornado really quickly.
He loved looking for the house stuck in the tornado.
It was so much fun making our tornado and learning a little bit about tornadoes! If you want to make a tornado check out How to Build a Tornado in a Bottle by Lori Shores the next time you go to the library, or look here for some instructions.