This afternoon as one of our crafts is a do a little bit of a science one and the boys wanted to make rain catchers as they had seen on Cbeebies. I was hoping for a little less rain this summer, but it is Britain!!
Here’s how to make a really simple rain gauge using recycled materials, for some rainy day fun! There are plenty of opportunities for learning about measuring, number recognition and weather along the way too. So a simple fun science activity.
How to make a rain catcher
This is our interpretation of the CBeebies rain catcher, as we couldn’t find the information on the website!!! We took a couple of water bottles and I cut the top third off and we turned it upside down and fitted it in the bottom two-thirds of the bottle to use as a funnel.
We then taped the jagged edge at the top with some inexpensive electricians tape (I had a pack in the cupboard).
They then stuck, lots of tape all over the bottles to make them all colourful. The eldest MiniMad, who I think can be called MaxiMad marked 1 cm lines on a wooden spoon with a permanent marker (I keep these hidden after a very traumatic pen on sofa incident)
They then stuck googly eyes and wool hair on their “weatherman” spoons (31p from Tesco)
A rain catcher is a great way to make the most of the rainy weather we may have but also include some learning activity too. The on-going plan is to record the day’s weather, temperature and waterfall in a note book and then use that for some further adding exercises.
You could also make a wind catcher too.