We recently took a trip to the zoo. It was home school day so there were a few extra activity stations set up around for kids to participate in. One of them was a craft station, where students used an empty water bottle to make their own rain gauge.
The boys and I enjoyed it so much that I wanted share it as a fun and educational way to re-purpose a water bottle!
•empty water bottle
•2 craft sticks
•rain gauge ruler
•clear packing tape
•nature stickers (optional)
1. Remove the bottle cap and cut off the top part right below where
it begins to taper. Adult supervision/help is recommended.
2. Turn the top part upside down and put it (spout first) into the bottom part. Use clear packing tape to secure the 2 parts.
3. Tape craft sticks to each side of the bottle to provide an anchor to hold the gauge in place in the ground.
4. Use a large piece of clear packing tape to adhere the ruler to the
bottle. Make sure to place it where it can be seen from the front of the bottle. Cover the whole ruler with tape to make it as water-
proof as possible. If it's too long you can cut off an inch or two.
5. OPTIONAL: Add fun nature stickers to your rain gauge, making sure not to cover up the ruler to it can be seen to measure rain.
***Click HERE to get a hard copy of these instructions and a classroom set of printable rulers!
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