My kids love playing with cars. Over the years we have slowly amassed quite a few from garage saleing and hand-me-downs. We love to put them in a line, count them, sort them by color and zoom them around the floor.
Today though, I have challenged the kids to find out:
How many cars equals 1 pound.
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Measuring Vehicles Weight Challenge
MATH Learning Objective: Using standard units of measurement to determine weight.
Estimated Activity Time: 20 Minutes
Vocabulary: Weight, Pound, Scale
Directions for Measuring the Vehicles Weight:
1. Introduce the child to how a scale works. Practice measuring one or two cars.
2. Introduce the 1 pound challenge. Have them make a prediction of how many vehicles they think it will take to make 1 pound.
3. Encourage them to find out how many vehicles it will take to make 1 pound on the scale.
4. Write down the final number of cars used on a piece of paper. This introduces young children to recording data.
5. Repeat the experiment again. See if a different combination of cars will produce a different result. If you have a variety of cars, weigh those too and compare.
For more transportation activities, take a look at these ideas on our site...
Transportation Theme Activities from the PLAYful Preschool Education Team:
- Learning Letter Sounds on Alphabet Road by Mom Inspired Life
- Alphabet Activities: Transportation Letter Maze by Growing Book by Book
- Gross Motor Transportation Game for Preschoolers by Life Over C’s
- Sorting Transportation Vehicles by Still Playing School
- Make a Truck from Shapes by Powerful Mothering
- How Many in One Pound by The Educators’ Spin On It
- Cotton Reel Car by Rainy Day Mum
To extend your vehicle play and learning, consider adding in a store-bought or home-made ramp. This will encourage even more science, math, and engineering!