Funnel STEAM for Kids

Practice measuring and pouring with your preschoolers using this Funnel STEAM for Kids. Add this quick and easy idea to your list of STEAM Activities for little kids. After all, it’s perfect for all of your kitchen and cooking preschool themes!

collage of Funnel STEAM for Kids images with text: Funnel STEAM Sensory Activity STEAM for KidsWe’re still learning about all things In the Kitchen this week and today’s topic is Measure & Pour. And while we’re at it, we’re answering the question, “What can we pour in a cup?”

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

funnel in plastic cup containing a small amount of sandMeasuring and pouring are important concepts for preschool-aged learners. Not only are activities like this one perfect for practicing communication and fine motor skills, but they’re also a great opportunity for little kids to practice using standard measurement tools.

preschooler holding measuring cup filled with sandWe use measuring tools such as measuring cups and spoons when cooking. These tools help us precisely measure wet and dry ingredients like flour, sugar, or milk. 

preschooler using both hands to hold funnel filled with sandIf you have sand and water bins, don’t forget to try this activity with both! Grab some fun colored sand and use food coloring for the water. Either way, your little learners will be exploring important math and science concepts in an engaging and hands-on way!

preschooler pouring measuring cup filled with sand into funnelFunnel STEAM


  • Funnels
  • Empty Containers
  • Small Pitcher
  • Sand or Grains
  • Measuring Cups


  • Place a pitcher of sand or grains, bottles, and a funnel on a tray.

Encourage children to explore pouring into the various bottles. Use funnels as desired.

preschooler pouring measuring cup filled with sand into funnelSometimes we leave our STEAM stations set up for a few days in the studio because the kiddos enjoy them so much and this quick and easy Funnel STEAM was definitely no exception.

Both the little guy and baby girl had a wonderful time exploring the empty containers, funnels, and measuring cups. They worked on this activity both together and separately and of course, came back to it over and over again throughout the weekend.

preschooler holding measuring cup filled with sandKitchen Activities for Preschool

Over the years, we’ve done lots of fun kitchen-themed activities for preschool. If you’re working on putting together the perfect kitchen or cooking theme for your classroom or homeschool, then definitely take a look at these quick and easy ideas too!

preschooler holding funnel over plastic cup as sand falls throughDon’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our health and fitness theme from Experience Preschool!

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