For a little while now I have been wanting to make a rain gauge and start tracking the info in our own log. When I presented this idea to my girls they got pretty excited…here’s what we did.
Make Your Own Weather Station
Rain Gauge Observation Chart
large mouth jar (pickle jar, jam jar, etc)
glass measuring cup
Every good weather station needs a chart to track your observations. Print off our Rain Gauge Observation Chart to record the amount of precipitation and the type of precipitation (rain/snow). We put ours on a clipboard, with a pencil, stored near the back door.
Next find a safe location to place the jar. Walk around your house and let your child determine where the jar should be placed. Keep in mind a few different questions. Is this a safe location? Will the jar be broken? Will the jar be in the way of people walking? Is the spot you chose too sunny? The rain or snow might simply evaporate too quickly. Also, is the jar being placed under an overhang? What other questions should you consider when selecting a spot to place your jar? We chose to place ours in our backyard garden.
Finally it is time to be patient and wait for the rain or snow. Head outside to the jar every day and bring along your recording chart.
Have fun making estimates after a big rainfall. The kids might be surprise what they discover inside the jar. I can already hear the conversations around estimation..”How much rain do you think fell?” The kids are learning about the environment, science and math while having fun! My daughter was so excited when she heard rain in the forecast. If you make a rain gauge, please come back and share your findings with us.