David and I are weather geeks. We both wanted to be meteorologists when we were younger and I think Caroline got some of the genes. She found a homemade weather station in a book from the library and was very excited to make it. So I drafted David to do this as a science project with her!
Homemade Weather Station
We found the weather station in How Does Your Garden Grow?: Great Gardening For Green-Fingered Kids. This is a great book with fantastic photography and all sorts of fun, hands-on outside things for young children to do.
Here are a few photos of Caroline’s finished product.
Keep in mind she is four years old so this is plenty scientific for her age.
Wind speed indicator made of dowel, table tennis balls and bamboo skewers
Rain gauge (and apparent free advertising for McDonalds Cherry Berry Chillers)
The weather monitoring station as set-up in Caroline’s little garden area. (Those are sugar pie pumpkins growing on the ground.)
You can see the off-white ribbon hanging there to indicate wind direction. It is super light-weight gauzy ribbon that moves with the slightest breeze.
Oh, what excitement there was when we finally got a couple of inches of rain a few days ago and she could run out to check her water gauge! Fun stuff!
Here are three more gardening books we’ve been enjoying as well.