This pack includes all our "measuring the weather" colouring pages - a Stevenson screen, thermometer, rain gauge, weather vane, wind sock and anemometer.
Measuring the Weather
In this section on Measuring the Weather we aim to encourage children to observe and measure the weather, learn about measurement instruments and language, and come up with some scientific experiments of their own!
Here is a set of posters with simple illustrations of common weather instruments - useful when you are learning about measuring the weather.
This set of 13 photographic posters shows various instruments used to measure weather - old and new, simple and complicated - out in the "wild"! Print them out or put them up on your whiteboard or computer screen for the kids to see and identify.
An anemometer measures wind speed and you will see them in use at weather stations. Here's one for the kids to colour in - which will help to familiarise them with the way it is designed to capture the wind!
Help children to understand how an anemometer is used - and put together - with the help of this simplified illustration.
Inspire some scientific thinking with this interesting worksheet which asks children to design their own weather station.
What sort of instrument could be used to measure rainfull? This interesting worksheet asks the kids to design their own, listing the materials they would need, drawing a labelled diagram and explaining how their instrument would work.
Just because we've used weather vanes for years to measure wind direction doesn't mean that there isn't a better design to be used in the future! This worksheet asks children to design their own instrument, draw it, label it and think about how it would be made.
How would you measure wind speed, if you were creating your own wind speed measurement instrument from scratch?
We've provided illustrations of various instruments for measuring the weather, and ask children to find out about them - what they are called, for what they are used and how they work. We then ask them to do some research to find another instrument, draw it and describe it.
Measuring the rain in the UK can be very rewarding - at least you won't have to wait too long to get a result! Here are instructions for making a simple homemade rain gauge out of a plastic bottle - perfect for your experiments in measuring the weather.
Here is a brilliant scientific craft / experiment - making your own anemometer out of paper cups and sticks, and them learning how to measure the wind speed. You will end up with a very rough answer but a good understanding of how a real anemometer works!
This is a fun way to encourage children to think about how to measure wind direction, and why they might want to measure it. And of course, for some reason, weather vanes are often cockerel shaped - so ours is too! This easy craft includes a template for you to cut out.
This set of story paper features simple pictures of 6 common weather measuring instruments. There's a picture to colour in and space to write what you've learned about the instrument.
This simple worksheet asks children to recognise various weather measuring instruments and match the pictures to what they measure.
Use this printable with the kids to record the weather over a week. You can then discuss or chart your findings.
Colour in this picture of a simple rain gauge. Doing so will help the kids understand exactly how it works and why.
When learning about weather measuring instruments, you will come across the Stevenson Screen. Here is a simple illustrated poster to share with the kids.
Here's a simple colouring page of a thermometer for the kids to colour in - perfect for a "measuring the weather" lesson.
This simple illustrated poster of a thermometer is part of our "Measuring the Weather" topic. You could cut the thermometer out and use it in your displays, too.
Weather vanes are often decorative, but of course they also suit a useful purpose! Here's an illustrated poster to share with the children.
Wind socks are often seen at airports and on high bridges, and they serve a useful purpose. Grab a red pencil and colour this one in!