Friday, 28 May 2010

Budding meteorologist

I finally got on board and decided to turn all of this rain into an activity.  We made our very own rain gauge.  It's very low tech and not very scientific but loads of fun.

First we got a wooden spoon and L marked off centimeters along the bottom and then I wrote on the numbers.

We used an old 2L bottle and I cut the top part off and turned it upside down to act as a funnel.  Then all you do is stick in your spoon and let it rain.

Our first attempt at this was disastrous.  We placed the rain gauge on the ground by some flowers and then went to bed.  In the morning while having breakfast Granny noticed something on the lawn.  It ended up being the wooden spoon that our dog Petra found and decided would be an excellent chew toy.  She'd also knocked over the bottle.  Luckily L was pretty philosophical about the whole thing and we went out and got another wooden spoon.  Now as you can see we keep it up where the dog can't get it!

Once L has measured the amount of rain she comes inside and finds the correct number among some numbers I've put in a small container.  She then counts out the corresponding number of rain drops and glues them on to her Rain Fall chart.

I have to say that although the forecast calls for rain all next week I'm hoping L doesn't have to use many of those raindrops!!

Just a reminder that this is the last day to enter my needle felted creation giveaway.  If you would like to enter just click here.


kiwi mum said...

I really admire your creativity and practical resourcefulness.


very cool!

Joyful Learner said...

Great activity! I have to remember to make the most of a rainy day next time it rains too! Can you link this to the math links? Wonderful math involved especially since it's so practical!

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