Exploring measuring tools in preschool

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!


  • Rashmie @MommyLabs Posted September 17, 2011 3:23 pm

    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.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted September 17, 2011 9:24 pm

    We also love using these types of activities to introduce a little math:)

  • andiejaye Posted September 17, 2011 11:46 pm

    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. Posted September 17, 2011 11:48 pm

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

  • Bethany Posted September 18, 2011 5:11 pm

    Beans and scoops are a staple of my son’s playtime! I think I might even give these as 2nd birthday presents from now on!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted September 19, 2011 12:13 pm

    Haha – well that would make a simple gift that leads to lots of fun!

  • Terri Posted September 20, 2011 11:16 pm

    I love this idea! I’m definitely going to try it with my girls. I know they’ll have fun with it… and maybe learn a bit too!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted September 21, 2011 7:18 pm

    They are always learning:)

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