Exploring weight and size with scales in preschool

Exploring weight and size with scales in preschool

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!


  • Centers and Circle Time Posted April 21, 2011 11:02 pm

    Where’d you get those cool scales?

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 21, 2011 11:25 pm


  • KM Posted April 22, 2011 3:16 pm

    Marvelous!!! Those scales would totally be worth a trip to walmart!

  • Elise Posted April 23, 2011 12:00 am

    Thank you for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog, I really appreciate it.

    Look at you – on the morning news, you’re a star! I like your ideas of putting the paint in the eggs and have the children “crack them open” and the water play idea with adding the food colouring. I think my children would enjoy both of those activities.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 23, 2011 11:05 am

    I am enjoying the media experience – it is fun to show the activities rather than just write about them:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 23, 2011 11:06 am


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