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Weather Experiment: Make your own rain gauge

Posted at 4:34 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 16:34:56-04

We are continuing our weather experiments to help keep the kids learning while they’re home from school. We’ve had plenty of days of sunshine, but with slight chance of rain on the way, this could be a good opportunity to make your own rain gauge.

Things you'll need:

  • tape measurer or ruler
  • a plastic bottle
  • scissors
  • a permanent marker

Steps to follow:

  1. Cut the top off of the plastic bottle, but make sure to keep it even all the way around. (You can use the top of the bottle as a funnel too.)
  2. Fill your plastic bottle with pebbles or sand to make sure the bottom of the bottle is completely even for accurate readings.
  3. Use your ruler or tape measurer to make a scale along the bottle’s side.
  4. Put the gauge in a wide open space outside. (Putting it too close to the house could skew the numbers.)
  5. Compare your numbers to other registered rain gauges in our area by clicking here.