Kids Catch the Rain

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Kids can recycle water to grow their organic backyard garden. An average of an inch per week of rain is enough to grow a garden. Kids can find out how much rain their garden gets by making a rain gauge. Find a large, clear container, cover the top with a screen to keep leaves out, and secure it with tape or rubber bands. Make a slit in the center of the screen and insert a yard stick ruler until it touches the bottom of the container. Kids can find a spot to place the rain gauge away from the roof edges where they can see it from a window. After a rainstorm, kids can check the measure to see how high the water is on the ruler and then empty the container to be ready for the next storm. Rain that falls on the roof just gets lost in the ground, but it can be collected in a rain barrel that is connected to a gutter downspout. Kids can store this water for the garden for the dry periods. By setting up a rain barrel from the hardware store by the roofs edge, kids can be part of the solution to the problem of wasted water and runoff. There is a spout at the bottom of the barrel with a hose connection for easy access to water the garden. Kids can also create a fascinating rain chain to be an artistic water feature for the landscape. Water clings to the chain when it rains and follows the chain like in a downspout to a bird bath or some type of water catcher. Rain chains were used in old Japanese temples as ornaments. Kids can make or buy beautiful rain chains with spirals or cups that make lovely ice sculptures when it freezes in the winter. Kids can be rain catchers by installing a rain barrel to harvest rain water.

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