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Slinky Science Tornado Maker

Slinky Science Tornado Maker

Fall 2011 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Poof-Slinky, Inc.
Price: $24.99

The Tornado Maker is a very entertaining science activity for school age children. Once the tornado maker is filled with water and turned on, you can manipulate what level tornado you want to make, ranging from EF1-EF5. It comes with objects for you to put in the water so that you can see what happens to objects in a real tornado. The manual is very thorough and may be a little advanced for younger children. However, it is perfect for the school age child and has a nice balance of text and pictures. It provides a wealth of information on tornados and would be perfect for a child who wants to do a paper or project on tornados. This activity was a huge hit with our testers, and every child in the neighborhood, ranging from ages five through eleven, came over to play with this. The children were fascinated by the ability to manipulate how fast or slow the water moved (moving the "on" button from an EF1 to an EF5). This is a fun and affordable activity that is also educational. It would be perfect in an elementary school classroom.

Karena Rush, Ph. D.   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Karena Rush is a professor in the Psychology Department at Millersville University. Karena has two young daughters and spends most of her free time outdoors with her family and old English sheepdog.

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