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Natural Disasters Activity for Kids
- Duration: 30-60 min
- Difficulty: Medium
- Cost: $0 to $5
Construct your own seismograph and simulate an earthquake!
- 1Pair of scissors
- 5Rubber bands
- 1Paper strip
- 1Tape one side of the box closed.
- 2Cut a rectangular slit on both sides of the box along the bottom.
- 4Along the top, poke a hole in the 4 corners of the box.
- 5Tie 1 rubber band around each of these holes.
- 6Loop the 4 bands around a marker and use one more rubber band to secure it in place.
- 7Adjust the height of the marker so it just barely touches the bottom of the box.
- 8Feed the paper strip through the slot while shaking the box to simulate an earthquake.
How It Works
When an earthquake occurs, a seismograph records earthquake activity. Due to the shaking, a pattern on the sheet of paper is created. These patterns provide information about the details of an earthquake, such as how strong it was and how long it lasted.