Exploring measuring tools in preschool

We have been exploring the use of measuring and cooking tools in our prek class. The children loved using the measuring tools to scoop up dried beans…

Beans have a wonderful quality to them. They feel smooth to the touch which invites hands on exploration…

As the children explored the beans, we were able to talk more about our measuring tools which included measuring cups, measuring spoons, and measuring scales…

Later in the day, we played a short measuring tool sorting game. We sorted our measuring tools by size and used terms like 1/2 cup and 1/3 cup and 1/4 cup…

Then we dumped them all into the water table for a little more measuring cup play…

It was quite the day for exploring our measuring tools!

Comments

  1. says

    Loved these hands-on activities to introduce this aspect of math. I use these with my daughter often in the kitchen. And on our math desk – we use weighing scale, measuring tape and such.

  2. says

    i love it! is that colored water in the last picture? i would’ve never thought of that! those clear measuring cups are neat also… that way you can see how full they are….scooping and dumping. i could watch kiddos do it all day… you can just see those gears turning in their eyes!

    ps…voted for you at parents mag yesterday!! go teach preschool!!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      Thank you for the vote AndieJaye:) And yes, that is colored water. We add color all the time!