Saturday Science: Vortex

Here is a great science experiment that you can do with stuff you probably already have around the house.
Saturday Science Vortex (1)
All you need to make your own vortex in a jar is a clear jar with a tight lid (or a bottle), water (enough to fill the jar 3/4 full), some glitter (if you don’t have any of this on hand, they do sell it at Walmart, Dollar Tree, Target, etc.. for $1-2 and you’ll have some left over when this is done), and a few drops of dish soap (any liquid dish soap will do).


All you have to do is fill the jar 3/4 full of water, add in a few drops of the dish soap, add in a few tablespoons of the glitter, then screw the lid on securely and spin!
Saturday Science Vortex (4)
When you spin the bottle, you are using centrifugal force to create a vortex in the middle which looks a bit like a tornado.
Saturday Science Vortex (5)
I struggled to get a good shot of this uber cool effect, but you can see at great demonstration of how it works in this YouTube video:

Be sure to check out what my fellow Saturday Science co-hosts are up to this week!
Weighing And Measuring Water Science Experiment from Little Bins For Little Hands
‘About Me’ Science Activity Book Review and Giveaway from Stir the Wonder
10 Terrifying Ghost Science Experiments from Lemon Lime Adventures
7 Ways to Play With Dry Ice + Water from The Science Kiddo

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  1. […] done recently! Weighing and Measuring Water Science Experiment from Little Bins for Little Hands Vortex from Suzy Homeschooler ‘About Me’ Science Activity Book Review and Giveaway from Stir […]

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