Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Predicting Rain

Spiders close their webs when rain is on its way.
Spiders close their webs when rain is on its way.

Predicting rain is easy, if you pay attention to the clues that nature gives you.

What You'll Need:

  • Radio
  • Notepad
  • Pen or pencil

Predicting the weather isn't a cinch, but you can look for hints about whether it's about to rain. First, listen to the weather report on the radio. If rain is on the way, grab a notepad and head out.

There are plenty of signs in nature to alert you if umbrella weather is coming. For instance, some flowers -- like tulips and dandelions -- close up when rain is heading in. Clover folds its leaves. Some trees know it's going to rain, so they turn their leaves over to keep their tops dry. Many spiders take down their webs before a heavy rainstorm. Cows gather together and lie down in a field before the rain hits, and dogs often smell the air before a rainfall.

You'll also notice that noises are a lot clearer and smells are much stronger just before it rains. When you're outside, keep an eye, ear, or nose out to see if any of these things happen around your home. Write them on your notepad. If you do the same thing before a few more rainfalls, you'll see how easy it is to predict rain without even listening to the weather report!

Now that you know how to tell if it is going to rain, turn to the next page to learn how to hold gutter races after it rains.

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