Scoop Estimation Activity for Preschoolers

Looking for a fun math & reasoning activity for preschoolers? Check out this awesome Scoop Estimation Activity for Preschoolers! You’re not going to want to miss it!

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How can summer be basically halfway over already? Seriously… I literally just posted week 6 of Creative Space Bootcamp the other day. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around it.


This week, we were Nature Detectives and explored water. And while it’s not exactly a surprise, the little guy’s favorite activity was this Scoop Estimation Activity. He loved it! You know how it goes, right? Little kids are all about playing in water. Lol…

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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.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

preschooler pouring water from small pitcher into measuring cup
This activity was so quick & easy to put together. After all, who doesn’t have cups and bowls lying around? We used the Learning Resources Mix And Measure Activity Set*, but only because we already had it.

Otherwise, I probably would’ve just confiscated some stuff from the kitchen because that’s kinda how we roll around here.

Scoop Estimation Activity for Preschoolers

Measurement (19.1), Scientific Reasoning (25.1)

What you’ll need

  • Cups
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Large bowl
  • Tub of water

Here’s how to do it

Discuss and Explore

  • What types of containers can be filled with water?
  • Invite children to explore scooping and dumping water with different sized cups.

preschooler pouring water into small pitcher
Play Together

  • Invite children to guess how many cups it would take to fill the bowl. Record their guesses or have each child record his own on paper.
  • Invite them to test out their predictions by counting together each time a cup is poured into the bowl. Count until the bowl is full.

preschooler pouring water into measuring cup
Simplify

  • Set out multiple cups that are already filled with water. Invite children to choose 1, 2, or 3 cups and then pour them into the bowl.

preschooler pouring water into clear container
Challenge

  • Invite children to determine if their guess was greater than or less than the actual amount.

preschooler pouring water from one measuring cup to another
Observe

  • Did the child estimate the amount of cups it would take to fill the bowl? Did she participate in the experiment?

preschooler scooping water with measuring spoon
It’s always kinda cool to watch little kids explore new things. What they observe. The connections they make.

preschooler scooping water with measuring cup
This is probably one of the best parts of being a homeschool mama. Getting to see your little kids learn and grow.

preschooler practicing estimation skills with measuring cups and water
I wouldn’t trade this time with the little guy for anything. It means so much to me to be able to see him experience all of the wonder of the world around him.

preschooler exploring estimation activity using measuring cups and water
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Nature Detectives theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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