Learn to understand volume and make predictions by measuring how much water different containers can hold.
You will need
- A bowl of water and a selection of different sized containers.
What to do
Challenge the child to answer the following questions, or to make some predictions:
- Which container can hold the most water?
- How can we measure it?
- Is that container full or empty?
- How do you know?
- Numeracy: measuring, weight distribution.
- Understanding the world: capacities and how water moves.
- Fine motor skills: pouring water with our hands.
- Language skills: conversations with peers or parents about liquids.
- Predictions and processes: Making an estimation about the capacities of each container, and then seeing what happens.
Discuss with your child
Discuss these concepts with your child:
- Why not add things to the water (like slices of lemons or oranges, or a bit of food colouring)?
- Add an extra bowl and work on your transferring skills.
- Can you add the containers to bath time and explore then?