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There are many ways to measure things. At bath time, use different sized containers to measure volume.

What you'll need

Measuring spoons and cups of different sizes
Milk containers of different sizes--for example, pint, quart, half-gallon, and gallon (or 1 liter, 2 liter, and 4 liter)
A funnel
2 containers that hold the same amount (such as a 1 or 2 quart pitcher and storage bowl), but are different shapes--one tall and thin, and one short and squat

Grown-up alert!

1 bathtub or sink filled with water
Your science journal

What to do

  1. Fill a small container (such as a quart) with water. Then pour the water (using the funnel, if necessary) into a larger container (a half-gallon or gallon). How many small containers does it take to fill one large one?

  2. How many tablespoons does it take to make half a cup? And how many cups to make a quart?

  3. Find out how many quarts (or liters) it takes to fill a gallon (or a 4-liter container).

  4. Next, fill the gallon (or 4-liter) container, and use the funnel to pour the water into the little containers. How many times will it fill the pint (or 1/2-liter) container?

  5. Fill the short, squat container with a given amount of water--3 cups, for example.

    Pour this water into the tall, thin container.

    Do your eyes try to tell you the tall, thin container holds more than the short, squat one? Does it hold more?

    Can you write all this in your science journal?

Water and other liquids take the shape of whatever container they are in. Containers of certain sizes have names--cup, pint, quart, liter, or gallon, for example. This activity provides an introduction to volume and measurement.

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