DIY Tornado

    Posted by  ·  August 8, 2017

    This post is in partnership with Amazon Kids.

    We are making a DIY Tornado to celebrate the  the new Amazon Original Kids series Lost in Oz now available on Prime Video. Follow the magical adventures of Dorothy and Toto as they find themselves lost in the spectacular and peculiar land of Oz. They will be joined by new friends and will face unexpected enemies in this fun, exciting and modern take on a beloved classic.

    Lost in Oz

    DIY Tornado

    Dorothy is all about DIY! She’s a budding engineer who loves to tinker. This creative builder’s motto is “It’s worth a shot!” Through the series she builds awesome Rube Goldberg machines and can never let a problem go unsolved.

    dorothy lost in oz

    DIY Tornado In A Bottle

    We wanted to be just like Dorothy and decided  building our very own Tornado was worth a shot!

    DIY tornado

    How the Tornado works

    When you move the bottle in a circular motion, you create a water vortex that looks like a  tornado. The water spins around the center of the vortex very quickly because of the centripetal force. This  force is directs the water towards the center of its circular path. A  tornadoes is an example of a vortex we see in nature.  

    DIY tornado shaking

    Gravity is pulling the liquid down toward the hole while the force of the moving water is rotating around a center point.homemade tornado starting


    You have a tornado in a bottle!

    tornado in a bottle

    DIY Tornado In a Bottle Supplies

    • 2 plastic bottles
    • 1 washer
    • duct tape
    • scissors
    • water

    How to make a tornado in a bottle video

    As you will see it couldn’t be any easier to build a tornado. Just watch this video and you will see!

    In Lost in Oz, 12-year-old Dorothy Gale discovers her mother’s magical travel journal hidden beneath the floorboards of their Kansas home. The book triggers a tornado, which rips her house from its foundation and transports Dorothy and her dog, Toto, to Emerald City, a bustling, modern, metropolis. In order to get home, Dorothy learns she must acquire every element on Oz’s “periodic table of magic” – while the city faces the worst magic drought in eons! Along the way, Dorothy and Toto meet unlikely allies in West, Ojo, Reigh the Lion, Scarecrow, and Glinda the Good, who are each eager to help, but struggling with their own problems. Together, they navigate the magical landscape of Oz while undergoing their own unique journeys of self-discovery. Watch the trailer below!

    Lost In Oz is available to stream exclusively for Prime members via the Amazon Prime Video app. One of the many great perks of being a Prime member is that your family can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost! Browse other Amazon Original Kids Series here.  Need another movie related craft?  This PVC bow and arrow makes a fun activity to pair up with the movie Brave.

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    1. Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
      Ok so I'm not a kid and I love this! The storm chaser in me is totally geeking out! So trying this! 😊
      • Cindy
        Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
        So funny Angie. Make sure the duct tape is really secure. You can also drill a hole in the lids of the bottles and hot glue them together, if you want a more permanent tornado.