6 Creative Weather Experiments 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 · 3 months ago
Science experiments aren’t always conducted in a lab — Mother Nature gives you everything you need to carry out these exciting weather-related experiments. 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 items you can find around your home!
1. Measure Wind With a DIY Anemometer
Meteorologists use an anemometer to measure wind — and now you can try your hand at this classic scientific tool using simple materials you most likely have around your 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 you can create your very own anemometer by going to Pi’ikea Street for easy-to-follow instructions!
2. Predict the Weather with a Pine Cone Weather Station
Who knew you could predict the weather forecast with pinecones? 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.
3. Measure Rainfall with a DIY Rain Gauge
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!
4. Create Your Own Water Cycle in a Bag
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 steps to carry out your own Water Cycle Bag Experiment.
5. Make a Solar Oven (and a Delicious Treat)
Utilize 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!
6. Mark Atmospheric Pressure with a Homemade Barometer
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!