Make a Wind Vane: {Science with the Magic School Bus}


My mom recently bought Big Brother a Magic School Bus Science kit subscription on one of those daily deal sites and just last week we received our 1st of 12 science kits-- the Weather Station kit!  The Magic School Bus came to our door-- figuratively speaking on a large white envelope ; )  We opened up the envelope and found a  booklet of experiments and almost all the materials needed to execute the experiments (a couple called for plastic bottles, which you would need to supply on your own).  

The booklet is very kid-friendly and the kids in Ms. Frizzle's class give a nugget or two of interesting facts for each experiment.  

Experiments in this kit include:
making a wind vane
making a thermometer
measuring temperature
making a barometer
making a rain gauge
making rain
tornado in a bottle

We made the wind vane, which was very easy to do!  The weather was perfect, but our only gaff was that our compass didn't work properly.  I did shake it, perhaps not enough?!  Oh well!  The wind vane worked and we were able to see in which way the wind was coming from.  We enjoyed the quick experiment but I do want to add that we've done a similar experiment before with a different weather station kit and to compare the two, the materials from the other kit help up a lot longer.  As you can see in the pictures, our materials here were made from card stock and after a few bouts with a toddler-- the toddler won ; /
Nonetheless, looking forward to next month's kit!!
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