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.
searched everywhere on ceebeebies on the instructions for this but no luck so this was brill to use yours as a guide! Thank you all!!
Becki and Harry (aged 3yrs)
You are welcome Becki – I searched high and low too and couldnt find them. They are such good fun. I think we will make some more now the weather is really bad!! Hope you have as much fun with yours as my two did Harry
Great instructions…my little boy has been wanting patiently for me to finish drinking the bottle of water I brought specially for this use…and I couldn't find anything on cbeebies either! You've saved the day. Thank you. Chrissy, Connor (3) & Samantha (2)
That is brilliant! I love the use of the coloured tape and the wooden spoon man! A great activity and thanks for linking up to fun sparks! x