Rain gauge

Learn about the rainfall in your area. Make your own rain gauge.


  • Clear soft drink bottle
  • Ruler
  • Marker pen
  • Scissors
  • Stones


  • Take the lid off a soft drink bottle and cut the top section off.
  • Use a ruler and pen to mark the measurements on the side of the bottle. Begin your measuring just above the base of the bottle.
  • Put some stones in the bottom of the bottle and fill the base with water to the point where you started your measuring.
  • Slide the inverted top into the base
  • Find a place outside where it will not get knocked over. Make sure it is not under a tree or too close to a building so that will reduce the amount of rain that is collected.
  • Wait for it to rain and measure how much rain has fallen

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