Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rainy Day Activity – Rain Gauge

The forecast called for rain.  It was dark, thundering, and sprinkling, so Bug and I got busy on a couple rainy day activities.  Wouldn’t you know, it cleared right up immediately afterward and now it’s bright and sunny outside!
Oh well, we had fun anyway!

Rain Gauge
Start with an empty water bottle, and cut off the top third or so.
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Place the top of the bottle upside down in the bottom part of the bottle.
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I also put packing tape around the top edge so it wouldn’t be too sharp from the hard plastic.

Add a few drops of blue food coloring (so the water will show up better), then insist on being in the picture :)
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Add a few pebbles or marbles (to weigh it down), and set it outside to collect rain!
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Then decorate a wooden spoon to be the Weather Man (or Woman!) and measuring stick!  The lines are marking every half-inch.  Just stick down in the hole of the bottle, and measure!  (Yes, I know the measurement changes because of the stones we put in there….I’m not worried about being *that* accurate!)
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Then wait for rain! Or set aside for another day in our case.

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