Science at home – Monitoring the Weather

Science at home - monitoring the weather a simple rain catcher and weather man to monitor rainfall with toddlers and preschoolers at home

We love doing some simple science at home (maybe more to do with my background than J and T’s interest) and a great idea for some very simple science observation and recording at home is monitoring weather.

Science at home - rain catcher and weather man to monitor rainfall

We created a simple rain catcher last year which worked well and we were able to observe the rain fall. This year though we have adapted it further and created an even version but added in our own “Weather man” to help record the rainfall. We are still using the free downloadable sheet to record the rainfall (see the simple rain catcher to download).

Weather man dip stick to monitor rain fall

To make the rain catcher I used a 1 litre bottle and cut it 2/3rd up so that the top will fit in the bottom to produce a funnel collecting the water down. The “weather man” is a wooden spoon – we added yarn for the hair stuck on with some PVA (white) glue and a quick face drawn on. J placed a ruler against the spoon and drew marks at each centimetre interval (or as he said each time there was a number).

Morning weather monitoring toddler science at home

Each morning T or J go out and dip the “weather man” into the rain catcher take it out and record how high up the spoon handle the rainfall goes.

Science at home - measuring rainfall to record and observe the weather at home with toddlers and preschoolers

We recently took part in a Google Hang out on Science at Home with the theme of the weather – Maggy at Life at the Zoo shares the ideas and some other fantastic Weather Activities for some Science at Home.

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Cerys is the founder of Rainy Day Mum, a former Marine Biologist and Teacher she is now a stay at home mum to J and T. She can be found elbows deep in paint, glue, mud and sand at various times of the year and also behind the screen working on Rainy Day Mum and editing post for The Playroom on BonBon Break.
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