Exploring weight and size with scales in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on April 21, 2011

in Activity Boxes, Measuring

There are all kinds of simple scales you can provide for inviting children to explore weight. Set out a set of scales along with a variety of items for the children to explore and compare…

The bowls on the top of these scales come off which allows the children to easily fill the bowls then balance the bowls back on the scales and it also allows for the weighing of larger items like the fruit shown here…

The dial on the face of the scale allows the children to view the weight of the bowls or in this case the fruit that is inside the bowls…

Notice that this type of scale is best for measuring larger or heavier items.  I wanted to use these scales for weighing easter eggs, but it takes quite a few easter eggs to make the dial move as this scale identifies pounds better than ounces….

So I added some jelly beans inside the eggs and decided the children could weigh jelly beans and plastic eggs…

Scales are a terrific addition to a math or science center. Scales allow opportunity for young children to compare, predict, count, and measure.

Check out this measuring activity too!

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