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Hurricane season may be months away (thankfully) but you can still capture their exciting form in a soda bottle. You may need to help with the assembly, but the thrill of creating a cyclonic storm is left to your child.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 soda bottles, large or small, work fine
  • steel washer with a small hole, the same width as the bottle opening
  • electrical tape

Fill one of the bottles three fourths full of water. Tape the washer to the opening by crisscrossing the tape over the washer and bottle, and then cutting the hole open again with a small knife. Place the other bottle upside down on top of the taped washer, and tape securely into place.

To make the hurricane, have your child flip the bottles over, water on top, and place them on a table. Quickly grasp the lower bottle with one hand and the upper bottle with the other. Move the top bottle in a wide circle before the water runs down, and watch the whirling formation of a hurricane between your fingers!

Source: The Mudpies Activity Book: Recipes For Invention Copyright © 1989 by Nancy Blakey. All rights reserved. This activity was reprinted with permission from Tricycle Press and may not be reproduced in any manner, including electronic, without prior written approval from the publisher.

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