7 things to do over the summer holidays

We've put together a list of 7 fun things to do over the summer holidays from cloud-spotting to making a tornado in a jar!

Fun weather activities to do over the summer holidays

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1. Cloud spotting

Grab a picnic and find some open ground. Why not spend an afternoon gazing up at the sky? Do the clouds form animals and interesting shapes - see if you can spot different types of cloud. You can find lots more information on clouds in our cloud spotting guide.

2. Make a rain gauge

See how much it rains in your garden this half term by making a rain gauge.

Make your own rain gauge

Find written instructions here.

3. Make a weather observation

A very important part of our work is to make observations about the weather. Without weather observations we can't produce a forecast. You can make your own weather observations and put them on our Weather Observations Website.

You can make a quick observation and even upload a photo of the weather where you are. See if you can make an observation every day this half term, wherever you happen to be - you could even use your new rain gauge.

4. Make a tornado in a jar

In this exciting weather experiment you'll make your own tornado. A tornado is air which is spinning very fast. It is made by a special type of thunderstorm called a supercell.

Find the instructions here.

5. Go camping

Camping and caravanning are low-cost and interesting ways to enjoy the great outdoors. But you'll need to keep an eye on the weather to make the most of your time away.

The best thing you can do to prepare is to check the latest weather forecast. Forewarned is forearmed, so at least you'll know what to expect, and what to pack. And if the weather is due to be inclement, you can always delay your trip until the weather improves.

If you're planning a camping trip soon, check the 5 day forecast. You might also like to keep an eye on the five day forecast. if you're planning on pitching your tent at one of the UK's 15 National Parks then we have a specialist National Parks forecast.

6. Go for a walk

The National Trust are a UK conservation charity, protecting historic places and green spaces, and opening them up for ever, for everyone.

They have over 3.7 million members and 61,000 volunteers with an estimated 50 million visits each year to the 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments they protect.

Why not check out some of their

top summer walks

.

7. Make a cloud in a bottle

Make your own cloud using things you can find around your home.

Cloud in a bottle

Follow the video above and you can also use some written instructions.

Last updated: 3 June 2016

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