Help your child learn about measurement and counting using household items, such as containers, soap, and water.
What You Need:
• Containers of different sizes and shapes such as margarine tubs, milk jugs, film containers, and plastic bottles or cups
• Dishwashing soap
What To Do:
1. Do this activity over the sink, in the bathtub, or outside.
2. Start with two or three containers of different sizes.
3. Fill the smallest container with water.
4. Ask your child to pour the water from the small container into the largest container.
5. Repeat this until the largest container is full; count how many small containers it takes to fill the largest one.
6. Get a different size container and try this activity again. Talk about how many more small containers it takes to fill the largest one.
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