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Creative Weather Experiments for Kids That Will Blow You Away!

Channel your inner climate scientist with exciting weather experiments you can do using stuff you (probably) already have around the house.

Maria Bailey and Sarah Burns

Science experiments aren’t always conducted in a lab — Mother Nature gives you everything you need to carry out these exciting, creative  weather experiments for kids. Fuel your fascination with the weather by using the sun’s solar energy, predicting rainfall, measuring wind, and even creating your own water cycle using mostly items you can find around your home!

1. Measure Wind With a DIY Anemometer

DIY Anemometer

Pi’ikea Street

Meteorologists use an anemometer to measure wind — and now you can experiment with this classic scientific tool using simple materials from around the house! Since a drill is required, grownups and kids need to work together to build this ingenious craft. Make sure you pick a windy day to put your handiwork to the test. 

Learn how to create your very own anemometer by going to Pi’ikea Street for easy-to-follow instructions! 

2. Blow Frozen Bubbles

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Who doesn’t love bubbles? While summer is usually the time for blowing bubbles outside, winter is the time for FREEZING bubbles! That’s right — when temperatures drop below freezing (the colder, the better), bubbles start to freeze. Tip: Blow them up in the air before they have time to freeze and watch them drop to the ground. The bubbles will form super cool crystalline patterns, and others will break — looking like the shell of a cracked egg. 

Are you ready to try out this super cool (pun intended) science experiment? Head on over to Steam Powered Family for the steps. 

3. Create Some Winter Magic Balloons

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OK, they’re not magic — but these balloons are scientific wonders that will make little jaws drop. Simply blow up a balloon, tie the end, and watch in awe as it deflates in the cold outside, then re-inflates as soon as you’re back inside where it’s warm! This is a super-cool lesson in how the volume of gas changes with temperature. Shrinking in the cold as its density increases and expanding in the heat as its density decreases.

4. Make it Rain in a Jar

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The weather forecast might not be predicting rain, but they probably didn’t account for the rain you’re going to make in this super fun water cycle project! Simply placing a plate of ice cubes above a jar of hot water causes moisture in the warm air inside the jar to create water droplets. The same thing happens in the atmosphere — when warm, moist air rises and meets cold air, the water vapor condenses and falls to the ground. 

Ready to defy the weather gods? Follow the steps over on Weather Wiz Kids.

5. Make a Cloud in a Bottle

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After you’ve made it rain, why not try your hand at making a cloud? Clouds require three things to form: water molecules, cloud condensation nuclei (whether that’s dust or air pollution), and temperature or pressure changes. Fortunately, we can replicate these same requirements using a plastic water bottle, warm water, and matches. 

Team up with an adult and follow the steps over on Planet Science to create your very own cloud! 

6. Predict the Weather With a Pine Cone Weather Station

Pinecone Weather Station

Science Sparks

Who knew you could predict the weather forecast with pine cones? Don’t believe it? See for yourself by setting up your own Pine Cone Weather Station. Don’t worry — you won’t be putting your local weather forecaster out of a job, but you will have plenty of fun predicting the future and what the weather gods have in store.

Go to Science Sparks to find out how you can create your very own pine cone weather station. 

7. Measure Rainfall With a DIY Rain Gauge

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Sixth Bloom

Make rainy days fun by keeping track of rainfall with this DIY rain gauge. It’s a great way to embrace the wet weather and encourage playful learning.  

Put your rain boots on and follow these simple steps on Sixth Bloom to create your own rain gauge!

8. Determine Atmospheric Pressure With a Homemade Barometer

DIY Barometer

Science Buddies

A barometer is a scientific instrument used to measure atmospheric pressure, particularly when predicting the weather forecast and determining altitude. While a typical barometer uses mercury tubes to do this, you can also make your own barometer very simply using materials you most likely have on hand. 

Go to Science Buddies to create your own! 

9. Create Your Own Water Cycle in a Bag

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Living Life and Learning

Matter can exist in three different states: solid, liquid, and gas. What makes water particularly cool is it’s the only substance that appears naturally in all three states, as ice, water, and water vapor. With this experiment, you can explore how water changes from a liquid to a gas by reproducing a water cycle in a bag. 

Follow Living Life and Learning’s easy-to-follow steps to carry out your own Water Cycle Bag Experiment. 

10. Make a Solar Oven (and a Delicious Treat)

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Desert Chica

Use the energy of the sun to make a yummy and rewarding snack: S’mores! This project demonstrates solar energy and shows how trapping the sun’s heat creates a greenhouse-style oven. Observe as the sun radiates heat and toasts your s’mores, but don’t forget to taste the results — all for the sake of research, of course! 

Go to Desert Chica or Lemon Lime Adventures to learn how to make your own solar oven!