This is a great Earth Day craft, it not only teaches kids about the importance of rain but also about how to use recycled items.
Rain gauges are simple, traditional tools used to measure rainfall over a period of time. This craft is especially great for raining days when the topic of weather is on your kids minds. Use your kids curiosity of weather trends to keep them busy by building their own rain gauge!
- Cut the top off of a 2-liter soda bottle (younger children can ask adults for help.)
- Fill the bottom of the remaining portion of the bottle with enough small stones or pebbles to create a shallow, flat surface (approximately an inch or two.) Pour enough water into the bottom of the bottle to cover the rocks.
- Using a permanent marker, draw a small line at the top of the water level and label it with a zero “0”. This will be your baseline. Draw a line every one tenth of an inch above your baseline, and mark each one with numbers 1-15.
- Set the gauge outside to collect rainwater. After a desired amount of time, kids can check on their measurements to see how many tenths of an inch have fallen!