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# Weather Blog Hop – Toddler Made Rain Catcher

Welcome to March’s Blog Hop and this months theme is Weather for our weather post we are looking at a craft/maths/science activity suitable for Toddlers. A simple Rain Catcher that toddlers/pre-schoolers can make easily and start exploring maths and science through the measuring of water levels in it, this can be adapted for older children by using imperial or metric measurements to mark the rain catcher up and/or by working out the volume of water contained and marking this off on the container.

Plastic bottle
Paint
PVA (white glue)
Scissors
Tape
Permanent Marker

### How to make a simple Rain Catcher

We made the Rain Catchers with one of J’s little friends A (who as we’re going to have regular Activity Afternoons will probably be featuring more and more in Rainy Day Mum) and this was such an easy introductory craft for her and her mum to do together. Using sharp scissors I cut the top off of the plastic bottle – this is needed to slot into the bottom of the bottle so keep it. To make the activity more fun for J and A we decorated our bottom’s of the bottle – using a 50:50 mix of paint and PVA glue they painted their versions of Spring – J choose to paint green and pink for the flowers in the garden and A yellow and green as her spring colours.

J Decorating his rain catcher green

A painting her rain catcher

We left the Rain Catchers to dry on the side whilst the children played and then using a permanent marker J helped me draw some lines on the rain catcher – at this stage I wasn’t concerned with that the lines were different distances apart so that the water was measured correctly each time – instead we just needed some marks that were always the same on the rain catcher so we could see the difference over time. J and A are both starting to learn their numbers so we also wrote on the numbers.

Then slot the top of the plastic bottle into the bottom upside down so it forms a funnel. We have put our rain catcher in an area of the garden that is exposed so it won’t get extra water from the trees or guttering of the house but also safe where J, T or the dog can’t knock it over. To read the rain catcher it has to be held up to the light but it works really well.

In our Spring Journals I have made a sheet and we are recording the water levels daily. If you would like to print out the sheet to use to record water levels this spring and put in a spring journal (our spring journal post coming next week) then you can click on the picture below.

How much Rain Sheet for Spring Journal

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### 10 comments to Weather Blog Hop – Toddler Made Rain Catcher

• We’re off to go make a rain catcher today! Thanks for sharing. I’m already seeing all the math problems we can create with it in a Rain Journal.
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• That’s a great idea! I shouldn’t say this, but wish we got more rain around here…it’s already starting to dry out again!
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• Great to make rain catchers (mine would love playing with the water afterwards) and love the rain chart idea!

Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

Maggy
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• that is great, much prettier than ours! Thanks for linking up. Sorry for the late comment. xx
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• Yours is lovely! Sorry I didn’t see it before! Love the chart too!
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• I think you were a little busy J’s loved looking at it. We have no got it between plant pots by the pond and we pour the water into the pond for the frogs to have.
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