Homemade Rain Gauge

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In this activity, learners will build rainwater collectors to practice meteorology in their own backyard. Collect and analyze data to determine how much rainfall you get in a set period of time. This activity uses low cost materials and can be done at home. Activity includes step-by-step instructions with pictures and a how-to video.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 4 weeks

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

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Materials List (per group of students)

  • Recycled plastic bottle
  • Box cutter or scissors
  • Rocks or marbles
  • Water
  • Masking tape
  • Ruler
  • Permanent marker


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


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