This is the first of a series of weather science related posts. We are going to start by finding out how to make a rain gauge. I did this a few weeks ago with my three children and they love going outside every day to see how much it has rained. It has definitely helped my 2 year old learn to recognise numbers as well.
How to make a rain gauge
An empty jar or plastic bottle ( remove labels )
There are two ways to make the rain gauge, either by using an empty jar or a plastic bottle.
Jar Rain Gauge
Place the ruler on the side of the jar and mark in cm up the side.
Plastic Bottle Rain Gauge
Cut the top off the bottle, and place upside down inside the main body. Get an adult to help as the edges might be sharp.
Place a ruler on the side of the bottle and mark in cm up the side.
Bury the bottle outside, it should be in an open area and away from any trees which might trap some of the rain. Leave the top sticking out. We didn’t bury ours very well, you might want to put yours further into the ground.
How to record the weather
The important part of recording the weather is that is needs to be done frequently. You should record the amount of rain in the bottle/jar each day and empty out the rain each time.
Can you design a table to record the results? Or use my free rainfall recording sheet.
Free Rain Gauge Instructions Printable
We’ve got lots more weather science activity ideas here, including making a pinwheel, a storm in a jar and lots more.
Last Updated on January 18, 2023 by Emma Vanstone
The Mad House
I made these with the boys a couple of years back and they loved them. We put the markings on a spoon as they could lift them out to check, which was easier for them
That is a fantastic idea! Thank you. x
Phyllis at All Things Beautiful
Oh, I want to make this!
Let us know how you get on!
My son would so want to do this! thank you for the idea and instructions!!
Neat! We did a bottle outdoors to see how much rain… it filled all the way up. Too much rain 🙂 I like this one better, I think we’ll add this in soon. Thanks for sharing.
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maggy, red ted art
*One Day* I will make a WHOLE weather station with the kids…
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I am trying to make a whole weather station 🙂
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I’m so glad you like it. x
Kim @ Learning Hypothesis
Thanks for the idea. We are started nature study today and this will be a nice addition.
Elvis M. Ives
This is amazing, I really wanna make this.thanks for sharing this.