Make a sensory storm jar

This storm in a jar not only shows you what a tornado looks like but is also a great tool for mindfulness. Watch the natural confetti swirl around and then settle to the bottom…so mesmerising and calming!

Don’t be afraid to experiment: what natural items float, sink or swirl more? You can even add some colour, by smashing up some grass to make a green juice. Get creative and let your imagination swirl!



What you will need:

  • Leaves and flowers/petals
  • A clean jar with a lid
  • Water
  • Hole punch (optional)

How to make your storm in a jar:

  1. Gather leaves and flowers from your garden or on a walk. Remember to get permission before picking flowers and be careful not to cause damage.
  2. Rip up leaves or even use a hole punch to make your own natural confetti (much better for the environment)
  3. Fill your jar 3/4 full of water.
  4. Add in your natural confetti
  5. Close the lid and twist the jar in a circular motion to swirl the water and see a vortex like a tornado form in the centre of the jar.

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This activity was created as part of our annual Halloween celebrations at

Falls of Clyde wildlife reserve and visitor centre.

Time to complete

10 - 15 mins

Suitable for age

Suitable location

Resource Level

Curriculum linked

Expressive Arts (art and design; participation in performances; drama)

Health and Wellbeing

Sciences (Ecology, biology, natural history, planet Earth topic)


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