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Four of the best family autumn activities - whatever the weather

Autumn's erratic outlook allows your child’s creativity to run wild

Posted: 24 September 2013
by Fiona McKim

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Take a rain check

Precipitation is the product of condensed water vapour in the atmosphere that falls under gravity in the form
of rain, sleet, hail or snow. Making a basic rain gauge is a very simple project that will show your child how much precipitation the clouds have brought your way, and can also help with basic maths skills, such as measuring.

You will need
■ Straight-sided jar or can
■ Ruler
■ Measuring jug
■ Notebook and pencil

1 Place your container outside in a relatively open area, away from trees, houses, or other structures that might interfere with the amount of rainfall. To help the gauge stand upright, you might want to secure it in sand or shingle.
2 After it rains, dip the ruler into the jar vertically, so that it rests on the bottom and stands upright against the side, before taking a reading of how many centimetres deep the collected water is.
3 You can then record your measurements in a weather journal, noting down the
date, time and the type of precipitation (your rain gauge can be used for snow, sleet and hail too) that has fallen. Taking your measurements at the same time each day will help you to draw more accurate comparisons.
4 Empty your rain gauge so that it will be ready for the next rainfall. You could also pour the contents into a measuring jug to see how many millilitres of water your gauge has collected  ■ 

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