How to make a rain catcher
It's bound to rain now the summer holidays are here so celebrate the weather with this easy activity.
Now the summer holidays are stretching lazily in front of us it's safe to assume the heavens will open. And while I don't want to jinx things, it's best to have a few wet weather activities up your sleeve.
You can always do a spot of indoor gardening, or make a kite or a bird feeder. Or you can use the weather to help entertain your children and make a rain catcher, like Jen at The Madhouse.
You will need:
- A plastic drink bottle, with the label removed
- Sharp knife
- Duct tape
- Wooden spoon
- Tape measure
- Permanent pen and felt markers
- Stickers, pipe cleaners and PVA glue (optional).
This is what you do:
- Cut the top off the bottle with the knife, about a quarter of the way down and remove the lid
- Decorate the bottle with the stickers, adding a layer of PVA glue to help protect them
- Put marbles, stones or sand in the bottom to weigh it down
- Place the top of the bottle upside down in the decorated part
- Stick them together with duct tape
- Mark centimetres along the handle of the spoon with the tape measure and permanent marker
- Decorate the spoon with a cheery face (we also added pipe cleaner arms)
- Place against a wall and do a rain dance (we keep the wooden spoon in a nearby flower pot so it's ready for use).
The information can be used in a weather book or charted, there's printable graph paper if you don't have any to hand. But why stop at making a rain catcher? Here's an activity showing you how to make a weather station.
Photo: Debbie Webber
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