The folks over at Kidknows sent me an outdoor thermometer last summer. Yeah, I know that was a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. I’ve been busy with dad stuff and I kinda forgot about it. I stuck the thermometer on the patio door and it has been there ever since (I’m actually impressed it hasn’t slid down the glass).
So, what’s so special about the Kidknows thermometer? Take a look at the photo below and see for yourself:
As you can see, it’s a thermometer for kids. The idea is to help children figure out what types of clothes to wear (ie – shorts and dresses on hot days and eskimo suits on cold days). This high tech gizmo is something most dads and moms wouldn’t need if kids were born with common sense. Sadly, my children lack common sense. Even my oldest child (the smart one) lacks common sense at times. It’s not unusual for her to put on a skirt in the middle of winter or a coat in the summer.
So, does this thermometer for kids work? Kinda. After I put up the Kidknows thermometer, my kids consulted the thermometer to figure out what to wear. But after a few days, the novelty wore off and the kids stopped looking at it. I think the thermometer will work with some children and not with others.
Even though the thermometer won’t work with all kids, I still like the idea behind Kidknows thermometer. It’s cute and affordable (priced under $7).
[Note: the location where you place the thermometer is important. For instance, I placed it on a south facing window. As a result, the temperature was off by over 30 degrees when the sun shone directly on the thermometer.]