How to Make a Rain Gauge

DIY Rain Gauge for Rain Measurement


What is the rain gauge? The rain gauge is used to measure rainfall. We made it with a plastic bottle and set it outside. We will check it a week later to estimate how much rain we got!


 What We Used

  • Empty plastic bottle
  • Utility knife (Please let the grown-up do this part! Be careful!)
  • Marking tape or any color tape
  • Pebbles or small stones
  • Water

Resources for Learning Topics

Videos

Hike Your Knowledge:  How to Measure Rainfall

We watched this video’s instruction and followed it. It was clear and straightforward.


Step by Step

DIY Rain Gauge for Rain Measurement - Science Learning Activities for Kids

Cut the neck of the bottle. I cut about 1/3 part from the top. I am not good at cutting straight with a utility knife, so I marked with a sharpie first. (Optional)

DIY Rain Gauge for Rain Measurement - Science Learning Activities for Kids

Done!

DIY Rain Gauge for Rain Measurement - Science Learning Activities for Kids

We collected some pebbles from outside.

DIY Rain Gauge for Rain Measurement - Science Learning Activities for Kids

My son put a tape above the level of the pebbles. According to the video we saw, it will act as a starting point.

DIY Rain Gauge for Rain Measurement - Science Learning Activities for Kids

Pour some water till the starting point. The water is not clear, but it is OK.

DIY Rain Gauge for Rain Measurement - Science Learning Activities for Kids

Flip the other part into the bottle like a funnel.

Done! Then we can put this rain gauge outside and measure rainfall!


Happy learning!

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