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How To Make Your Own Weather Station

Looking for a way to entertain your kids this summer? Or a fun Back To School activity for your class? Why not have a go at making your own, homemade weather station? It's easy, fun and kids can learn about the weather and climate at the same time. Read on to find out more...


Homemade sundial

  1. Cut a plate sized circle out of card or use a paper plate.

  2. Stick a straw in the middle of the plate.

  3. Stick the card to the ground outside - it will need to be sunny!

  4. On each hour throughout the day, draw a line along the shadow and write the time.


5. By the end of the day, you should have the times marked on your sundial, ready to use another day.





Measure Wind Speed

  1. Stick strips of tissue paper, newspaper or ribbon to the top of a garden cane or stick.

  2. Place firmly in the ground.

  3. Check the movement of the strips to measure the wind speed - low, medium or high.











Make a rain gauge

  1. cut the top off a plastic bottle.


2. Turn the top upside down and stick it inside the bottle to make a funnel.























3. Write a line of measurement on a piece of paper and stick onto the side of the bottle using see through tape. Do not stick right at the bottom of the bottle. Leave a space for burying the bottle.


4. Add some water to the bottom of the bottle - up to the zero mark.









4. Finally, bury the bottle in some stones or soil, up to the zero marking and wait for it to rain! I'm sure you wont have to wait too long!


Don't forget to hang an outside thermometer on a wall, fence or shed.


Download the FREE Make Your Own Weather Station instructions and recording sheet below.

Weather Station Instructions PDF
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