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Weather Experiments and Activities for Kids


Wind Gauge

How hard is the wind blowing? Find out by making your own simple wind gauge.

What You'll Need:

  • String
  • Hole puncher
  • Safe scissors
  • Crepe paper
  • Newspaper
  • Light cloth
  • Heavy cloth

Using string, attach four strips cut to equal sizes -- one each of crepe paper, newspaper, light cloth, and heavy cloth -- to a branch or rain gutter. You'll discover:

  • When the wind blows softly, the crepe paper will react.
  • When it blows a little harder, the newspaper will flutter.
  • As the wind increases in strength, the light cloth will wave.
  • When the heavy cloth flaps, you'll know the wind is blowing hard!

The next experiment is an ingenious thermometer that you can make yourself.

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