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!

By |2011-04-21T22:27:42+00:00April 21st, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Centers and Circle Time April 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Where’d you get those cool scales?

  2. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 21, 2011 at 11:25 pm - Reply


  3. KM April 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm - Reply

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

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 23, 2011 at 11:06 am - Reply


  4. Elise April 23, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    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. April 23, 2011 at 11:05 am - Reply

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

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