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Making a Rain Gauge

Posted by: Rhonda April 11, 2017

Kids learn best through direct experiences. At this time of year, one factor that greatly affects any experience is the weather! Constantly changing, spring weather generates opportunities for conversations, questions, and investigations that are immediately relevant to a child’s life.

Originally, I planned to do a post on windy day activities. However, unlike other gusty springs, this year we seemed to have day after day of cold, rainy weather! So, instead of flying kites and making wind socks, our PreK class stomped in puddles and created rain gauges. Learning about weather requires that you drop prepackaged plans and respond to whatever comes!  

By using a clear plastic bottle you can make a simple rain gauge. If you calibrate it carefully, it can actually take quite accurate readings. Find the instructions here.

For more inspiration on how to make use of wet weather, check out 10 Rainy Day Activities.