Salty Sam’s Fun Blog for Children
Post Number 16
Every morning after my alarm goes off, the first thing l do is go over to the window, draw back the curtains and look out of the window to see what the weather is like.
Sometimes l like to try and predict the weather and l have taught my nephews Bill and Bob to do it too. Would you like to become a weather watcher as well?
ln some parts of the world the weather is just about the same every day. There is a mountain in Hawaii where it rains almost every day. ln fact there are only about 11 days in a year when it doesn’t rain. On the other hand there are parts of a desert in Chile called Atacama where it didn’t rain for about 400 years (before 1971)!
ln my part of the world we have lots of different kinds of weather.
There are three things that children can use to predict the weather. Wind direction, how much moisture there is in the air and the type of clouds you can see in the sky.
Let’s start with wind direction and l will continue telling you about the other two ways to predict weather in my next blog post.
l can use the weathervane that is at the top of my lighthouse to see which direction the wind is coming from.
Did you know that people have been using weathervanes since 48BC?
Traditionally weather vanes have a cockerel on them like the one mentioned in the Bible, but nowadays you can have all sorts of different designs. l have seen ships, cats, dogs, pumpkins, whales and even witches on broomsticks.
They can be seen on churches and high buildings everywhere but some people even have them on their houses or sheds. See how many different ones you can spot when you are out and about!
But if you can’t see any weathervanes where you live, then you can stand out in the open with a handkerchief or scarf and a compass and see which way the wind is blowing in that way; or you could put a little flag in a bottle and see which way it blows round. You can make your own flag by taping a piece of paper (¼ of an A4 sheet) to a stick.
Where my lighthouse is situated l know that a west wind brings rain from the Atlantic, an east wind brings cold from Russia, a south wind brings heat from the Sahara Desert and a north wind brings snow from the Antarctic.
What do winds bring you where you live?
Have you ever seen an unusual weathervane?
l’ll speak to you soon.
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Bill and Bob’s Joke of the Week
Bob: What do owls sing when it’s raining?
Bill: l don’t know. What do owls sing when it’s raining?
Bob: Too wet to woo!
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Which direction is the wind coming from today?
The Atacama Desert in Chile
A whale weather vane
A lighthouse weathervane
A mermaid weathervane
I think he put himself there
Weather vanes don’t always have to have animals on them
Weather vanes are often attractive adornments on buildings
A traditional golden cockerel
The cockerel is on a very tall church spire
THE SALTY SAM NEWS DESK
Miss Pringle, Bill and Bob’s teacher at the Rocky Bay Primary School, set a test in their English class this week. Would you be able to answer these questions?
What do the following sayings mean?
- to go like the clappers
- to have bats in the belfry
- to be as poor as a church mouse
- to walk down the aisle
- to take a pew
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Here is a pattern to make a hot-water bottle to go with the nightshirt pattern on blog post 2. lt is a really easy pattern for a beginner to follow.
A SALTY SAM HOT-WATER BOTTLE (KNlT TWO)
Using 4mm knitting needles and dark blue double knitting yarn cast on 13 stitches
Knit 1 row, purl 1 row
(lncrease 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 2 rows)
Stocking stitch 24 rows (26 rows)
(Cast off 4 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows)
Knit 1 row, purl 1 row
(7 stitches) (28 rows)
On these 7 stitches – Knit 1 row, purl 1 row (30 rows)
(lncrease 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 2 rows)
Knit 1 row, purl 1 row (32 rows)
On these 9 stitches – Purl 1 row, knit 1 row (34 rows)
Knit another side in exactly the same way to match
Embroider an anchor motif onto one of the sides (you can find the motif at www.christina-sinclair.com)
Sew right sides together along bottom and side seams up to bottom of neck using running stitch.
Turn right sides out and slip a 6cm/2 ½ inch by 10cm/4inch flat shampoo bottle or a piece of foam or thick cardboard of that size into the cover.
Using over-sew stitches sew up the sides of the neck to the top.
Crochet 60 chains into a length of white dk yarn.
Weave this cord evenly through the knitting around the neck of the cover bringing the ends through to the front – you can do this by threading one end onto a yarn needle.
Neaten the ends of the crocheted cord by pushing the ends of the yarn through the chain using a yarn needle and tie a knot in each end of the cord. Then tie the cord in a knot at the front of the neck of the bottle cover.
lt is then ready to go to bed with your Salty Sam toy!
(Don’t try actually filling it with hot water though.)
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HOW TO MAKE A WEATHER VANE
Mark the points of the compass around the outside of a plastic bottle using thick felt-tip pen. Then put a few small stones or some shingle into the bottom to weigh it down.
Tape a square of card or stiff plastic about 10cm/4inches square in size or a quarter of an A4 piece of paper to the top of a long drinking straw or very thin indoor plant cane.
Making sure that the ‘sail’ is above the neck of the bottle so that it can move freely, place your weather vane outside in quite an exposed place.
You will need a compass to check that the bottle is positioned correctly. Whichever way the flag is pointing is the opposite direction from where the wind is coming from. So if your flag is pointing east, it is showing you that there is a west wind blowing.
Don’t leave your flag outside in the rain though, it will get soggy.
If you get confused with east and west, then remember that across they spell ‘we’.
W + E
You can try to predict the weather if you like. Draw a chart on a piece of paper with boxes to represent each day of the week. You could subdivide each box into four and write a note in each of them. You will need to read next week’s blog post to get more information in order to complete your chart.
- Wind direction
- Amount of moisture in the air (low, medium, high)
- Type of clouds in the sky
- Prediction for tomorrow
Then see whether your weather predictions come true!
This instrument tells you about wind direction and wind speed
Please note that the material on this blog is for personal use or for use in classrooms only.
It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.
Use of the toys and projects on all of these blogs is at your own risk.
©Christina Sinclair Designs 2008
Answers to the News Desk Quiz
- to go like the clappers – to go very fast
- to have bats in the belfry – to be a bit mad
- to be as poor as a church mouse – to be really poor (people don’t eat in church and so don’t drop crumbs for mice to find)
- to walk down the aisle – to get married
- to take a pew – to sit down (a pew is a bench in a church)
A clapper inside a bell
A belfry is a tower that houses bells
Church pews each side of an aisle
A felt mouse