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.
Design An Instrument To Measure Wind Direction
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!