Tornado Facts for Kids – Learning About Tornados

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These tornado facts for kids are a great way for children to learn more about tornados. They will help teach kids about how they start to why they occur and more.

So far, in our fun fact series, we have featured facts about fish and dolphins. We haven’t touched on weather yet and that is one of the things we wanted to do for the fun fact series.

So this week, we are featuring and learning about educational tornado facts for kids. These facts about tornados will help kids learn more about them and hopefully get more interested in science and weather.

10 Interesting Tornado Facts for Kids

When it comes to learning about tornados, there were so many different facts kids could learn. We had a hard time narrowing it down to just 10 so we are featuring the most important facts about tornados.

  1. Tornadoes are violent columns of air that rotate and reach from a storm cloud to the ground.
  2. They can last up to 10 minutes but generally only last seconds.
  3. Tornado winds are so strong (usually less than 100mph) that they destroy things in their path.
  4. A tornado that occurs over the water is called a waterspout.
  5. The Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale) was developed to measure the strength or damage intensity of a tornado.
  6. When conditions are right for a tornado to form it’s called a Tornado Watch. A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been spotted in your area.
  7. NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office issues the warning and watches. This is a group of meteorologists and weather spotters that are always monitoring the weather.
  8. There are two types of tornadoes. Supercell (most common and most dangerous) and Non-Supercell (weaker and short-lived).
  9. With a tornado, wind speeds can reach up to 300 miles per hour.
  10.  The people who study tornadoes are research meteorologists or atmospheric scientists. You may also hear them called “spotters or storm chasers”

Interesting Tornado Facts for Kids

As we were learning more about tornados, having a list of fun facts for the kids really made it more interesting for them.

They loved the little tid bits of information and listing the info as facts, really seemed to help them understand and remember it better.

Our next tornado project will be a tornado science experiment that we can do at home. I really think the kids will enjoy this experiment and it will go hand in hand as we learn more about tornados and the weather.

Hopefully, your kiddos will find these tornado facts for kids interesting as they learn more about them! Pair them up with some experiments and audiobooks and you have a pretty fun learning lesson on tornados!

More Fun!

Since tornados mostly happen in the summer months, grab this free summer word search or summer bingo game as another activity.

Check out these free homeschool resources for even more learning!

Tornado Facts for Kids - Learning About Tornados

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