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.
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 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!