Help Build Science Skills: Clip-a-Temp Gauge

This simple science activity is a great way for kids to learn the difference between Fahrenheit and Celsius.

What this activity will develop:
Science skills

What you'll need:
• White tracing paper
• Pencil
• Scissors
• Sturdy cardboard
• Fine-tipped marker
• Clothespins (spring style)

Setting up:
Trace the two thermometers on the next page onto the tracing paper, and cut them out.

Cut a strip of cardboard as wide as one thermometer. Cut the strip long enough to allow space at the top and the bottom.

Glue a thermometer to each side of the cardboard strip, making sure the bottom numbers are even with each other.

Cut a second strip of cardboard for the base. Fold the strip, and cut slits in it. Insert the thermometer strip in the slits.

Use a fine-tipped marker to print these words on the clothespins:

swim day
snow day
coldest day
hottest day

What to do:
Two players sit opposite each other with the Clip-a-Temp Gauge between them. Players take turns clipping a clothespin on the thermometer facing them, placing each clothespin where they think it should go. The other player tells the corresponding temperature on the other thermometer. For example, one player clips the "hottest day" clothespin on 45 degrees Celsius. The other player responds with "110 degrees Fahrenheit."

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