Study Extreme Weather with a Dollar Store Barometer




Photo cred: Easy Science For Kids

Photo cred: Easy Science For Kids

Required materials:

jar or can, large balloon, rubber band, scissors, tape, stirring stick or straw, index card


A barometer is an instrument that measures air pressure, allowing weather forecasters and scientists to better predict extreme weather events. Actually, you don’t need to be a professional weather reporter to understand weather patterns.  This easy to assemble barometer made from dollar store items can help!


Craft, household or classroom items that you already have will work for this activity and can possibly be reused. 

NGSS alignment:

2. Developing and using models  3. Planning and carrying out investigations 4. Analyzing and interpreting data 5. Using mathematics and computational thinking 6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering) 8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information