Make a Rain Gauge

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Make a rain gauge – an activity for children of all ages. A rain gauge is an instrument that measures the amount of rainfall in a given amount of time. An average garden needs about one inch of rain per week for adequate hydration. It’s important to monitor the amount of rain that falls so you know how much you will need to water your garden. Using a rain barrel is a great way to take advantage of this free water, especially if you live in an area where you experience droughts. See the activity, ‘make an easy mini rain barrel’ to make your own!

  • Supplies:
  • Using the ruler, take the permanent marker and mark the measurements of your choice (millimeters, centimeters, or inches) on the mason jar.
  • Glue the jar onto the flat piece of wood.
  • Place the rain gauge outside in an area free from any structures or trees that could block the rainfall.
  • Each month make a data table with the days of the week and a column for the total rain in the week in your garden journal.
  • Keep a record of the days that rain and measure the amount of rain in a given period of time. Document this information. We’ve created a rainfall-chart/calendar to give you an idea. Feel free to print this to use in your garden notebook or design your own.
  • Place the page or pages in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.