Weather Science Activities

Today’s round up is full of great weather science activity ideas. Observing the weather is a great way to practice recording and displaying data as well as learning about weather and how it changes from day to day.

Weather Science Ideas

How to measure rainfall

A simple rain gauge is an easy way to measure rainfall. Don’t forget to record the results and empty it each day.

Weather Science - Rain Gauge

Find out how hard it’s raining with Rainy Day Mum.

Wind Experiments

If you want to get crafty, try making a pinwheel like this one from Red Ted Art. You should find it spins more on windy days.

Inspiration Laboratories makes a great model hurricane.

Make a Hurricane

We made a storm in a jar to demonstrate storms on Jupiter in This Is Rocket Science.

storm in a jar

Can you blow down the Three Little Pigs House?

Three Little Pigs Activity

Build your own anemometer to measure wind speed.

Find out which direction the wind is blowing by making your own wind vane.

Water Cycle Investigations

This fun mini water cycle is a great way to illustrate the water cycle.

We love this LEGO water cycle model from Edventures too.

Find out how water evaporates in this easy activity.

Evaporation

We shared 3 water cycle ideas with The Consortium as well.

water cycle in a bag

Homemade weather station

Did you know you can make a very simple weather station using pinecones?

 

weather-forcasting-with-pinecones

More weather science ideas

Make an easy barometer to measure air pressure with The Consortium.

how to make a barometer

We love these sun prints from Creative Family Fun too.

These weather sensory bottles would be great for younger children from Twodaloo.

Learn about clouds with this easy rain cloud in a jar.

Rain cloud in a Jar

Can you think of any more weather science themed activities?

Why is the sky blue?

When light  from the Sun enters the atmosphere it contains all the colours of the rainbow, which all together appear as white light. Gases in the atmosphere make the light slow down, change direction and scatter. Blue light is scattered the most, which is why we see the sky as blue.

What makes a rainbow?

It is the refraction of light which makes the sky look blue. Rainbows are formed in a similar way, except it’s rain or another water source ( you can demonstrate this with a hosepipe ) which makes the light we see to be split up into its constituent colours.

Rainbow over houses

We only see rainbows when the sun is behind us with water droplets falling in front.

Weather Science

 

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