Because we’ve been learning about the seasons, I thought talking temperature would be important, too! It’s really easy to show your children what different seasons look like and we may use terms like cold, wet, hot, or breezy but we often forget to show them what those things mean on a thermometer. This little guy is really easy to make and probably one of my favorite crafts so far – it’s just SO impressive, yet so simple! So here’s how you make your own thermometer.
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- A thick popsicle stick
- Hot glue
- A clear straw
- A red pipe cleaner
- A black colored pencil
Start by laying out your °F and °C on your popsicle stick. I just used Google to get a glimpse of what a thermometer scale looked like and mapped it out with a pencil. Once my lines were straight and evenly spaced I went over them with the black colored pencil. Do not use markers or gel pens as they bleed a lot and make your stick look pretty icky. I had to lay out my numbers twice for this reason and it wasn’t much fun!
Next, lay out a line of hot glue down the center of your stick and attach your straw. Once it’s firmly glued down snip off the extra end and seal the tip with your glue as well. The tip of your glue gun should sort of melt the straw and that’s exactly what you want to have happen so that the red pipe cleaner doesn’t poke through two ends.
Finally, insert your pipe cleaner into the straw as far as you can so that it touches the sealed end and then roll the extra pipe cleaner into a ball. This creates a nice little handle for you and keeps the pipe from getting “lost” in your straw.
Now the only thing left to do is help your kiddo move the temperature up and down! This is great for younger kids but can help teach your older kids about counting.
Be sure to pin this activity to your counting or crafts boards and check out some of our other weather related activities!