Learning at home ideas: Rain Gauge

Suitable for: Kindergarten, Multi-Age, Preschool, School Age
You Will Need:
Empty bucket and a ruler
Have your child tape the ruler to the inside of the bucket and put the bucket outside during a rainstorm. When the storm is over, work together to measure the amount of rain you collected. Check the bucket each day and have your child chart the amount of rain you get in a month. Ask him questions like, “How much rain do you think we will get in this storm?”; “What do the clouds look like? What color are they? How big are they?”; “Can you see the rain coming from a distance?”; “How hard is the wind blowing?
Secure the bucket with bricks or rocks so that the heavy rain or wind doesn’t make it spill.