Preschoolers love to learn about measurement!
Teaching young children to sort objects by weight is a fantastic way to introduce children to the idea that objects can be measured in a variety of ways.
Keep reading for tips and ideas for introducing this concept to preschoolers.
Setting up this invitation to learn is easy, begin by gathering some materials:
For a successful experiment gather the materials above in addition to any others desired. Common objects such as crayons, buttons, pom poms, and pony beads are good choices as they each vary slightly in weight.
On your paper mark Light on one side, and Heavy on the other.
Before you begin ask your preschooler if they know what these words mean and challenge them to provide examples.
Depending on their skill level you might challenge your preschooler to make predictions; which box of objects will weigh the least? the most?
Weigh the Objects
Turn on kitchen scale, make sure it is tared and set to grams or ounces.
Show your child how to weigh one of the boxes and read the scale.
You might like to record the amount on a piece of paper or sticky note to keep track for sorting.
Sort by Size
Have your preschooler weigh each box and put them in order of lightest to heaviest.
Take time to reflect on this experiment.
Extend the Fun
After sorting the boxes try weighing the individual items or other household objects.
Consider leaving your kitchen scale in a handy place to support your preschooler's growing curiosity over measurement in the coming days.
This would be a fun time to set up a dramatic play opportunity that involves weight such as Grocery Store Dramatic Play or Post Office Dramatic Play.
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