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Every day the first thing Livia does when we get home from school is head straight to the snack cupboard. I swear that child is a bottomless pit. With the way she eats, a quick go-to afternoon snack is a must. And what better time is there to throw in a fun family activity than over a high quality snack? This Pudding Cup Anemometer is a fun way to recycle your snack packaging, get your kids creating, building, and learning about the weather!
What is an Anemometer?
An anemometer is a device that is used to measure wind speed, and is a common weather station instrument. The term is derived from the Greek word anemos, which means wind.
Items Needed for a Pudding Cup Anemometer
- Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding Cups (our FAVORITE are the S’mores)
- Duck Tape, Paint, or Markers
- Tinker Toys, Sticks, or even Pencils
- Scissors, X-Acto Knife, or Hole Punch
Why do We Use Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding?
When making a pudding cup anemometer you really don’t want pudding cups that are too long. In my opinion the longer the cup the harder it is to get your anemometer to work. It will still spin if you use a long pudding cup, but it will take a decent gust of wind to get it going. That’s why we like the Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding Cups (well that and the rich, creamy pudding made with real Hershey’s cocoa). The portion size is perfect for my kids and for making an anemometer. We found our Hershey’s Smore’s Pudding at Walmart in the refrigerated section.
How to Make a Pudding Cup Anemometer
Is that word a tongue twister for anyone else? I actually had to look it up…an·e·mom·e·ter
- Using your Tinker Toys (or other building materials), design a pole with a connector that will spin. If using sticks or pencils you will use a pudding cup as your spinning connector.
- Connect four poles in each direction creating an X shape.
- Have your child decorate their pudding cups!
- Using your hole punch or scissors create a whole on two sides of your pudding cups that your poles can go through. Secure your pudding cups in.
- Take out side, push into the ground, and watch it spin!
This science activity is incredibly easy and lots of fun.
If your family plays with this science activity we would love to see the fun! Tag us on Facebook with @Parenting Chaos or on Instagram with #ParentingChaos! You can also find more Hershey’s Ready Made Pudding Ideas and fun crafts at Kraft.com. I’d love to hear your favorite!