Children love working in the kitchen. We 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. Children can begin to understand measurement concepts using real measuring tools. My group loved these measuring and pouring preschool activities!
Measuring and Pouring Preschool Activities
Week two of Mother Goose Time’s Health & Fitness theme covers topics In the Kitchen such as Cleaning & Safety, Measure & Pour, Chop & Stir & Cook, Set & Serve.
Pour Together Community Challenge
We always enjoy the Community Challenges from Mother Goose Time and the Pour Together challenge was no different.
It’s super easy – just need a pitcher of water and a container. I colored the water with purple food coloring since purple is our color of the month. Using a dry erase marker draw a line around the vase or container.
Each child takes a turn pouring water into the container allowing each friend a turn but NOT pouring past the line. Can we do it? It’s hard to be self controlled because it’s so fun to pour!
So that’s why we did this activity multiple times. Everyone was able to pour water 3 or 4 times.
They did so well too, hardly spilling at all until we got to the end.
What was kind of amazing in a crazy way, the first time we poured all the water into the vase, we realized there was exactly the amount of water in the pitcher to fill the vase to the line! The kids thought that was funny but I really wasn’t trying to trick them or set it up – it just happened!
This activity builds self management skills by following the rules and making sure others have a turn.
Shape Recipes Math
Another fabulous activity involving shapes, colors and math is the Shape Recipes small group math lesson.
We read the math story cards and solved the problems by counting tangram blocks and sorting shapes and colors.
We pretended the green triangles were broccoli and the yellow hexagons were corn so we were making recipes.
I love the way Mother Goose Time introduces math concepts. I was never strong in math and I feel it has a lot to do with very few math experiences like this when I was young.
Two of the Math Story Cards are easier and two are considered “challenges”. This works very well with my mixed age group as well as helping each child feel successful by starting with the easier problems.
I thought it was so clever to call these recipes. Cooking does involve a lot of math concepts!
Using little dishes like the round wood ones are fun and add to the cooking theme. I found a set of four of them at Ross Dress For Less for about $3.00. We use them often!
Number concepts, dramatic play and logic skills are all incorporated in the Shape Recipes activity.
Throughout the month, each theme incorporates important basics. This month one of our letter is G. Letter G is for goat, gift, gorilla, guitar, gum, goldfish, and grapes!
Our Little Letter Book for Gg includes: gorilla, goat and grapes. Our letter tub collection also shows gift, guitar, gum and goldfish.
Pouring letters is a fun way to incorporate literacy into the cooking theme.
It can be done with any letters but ours this month are A, G, and Q. I placed the letter cards in the tray and then we poured sand over them.
Using a large paintbrush, the child brushes away the sand looking for letters. Once a letter is found, they identify the letter and look for the matching pointer.
We can then also look for the corresponding phonics cards and practice the beginning sounds of the words.
As a teacher, I can observe if the child recognized all the letters and if he or she knew the sounds each letter makes.
Measuring Sensory Bin
We’ve had kinetic sand in our sensory bin on and off for a few weeks now. Kinetic sand is always a hit regardless of the accessories are added to it.
Now kinetic sand isn’t ideal for pouring but it’s great for measuring and pretend “baking”. Included in the bin are the Learning Resources Mix and Measure Activity Set, vegetable counters, silicone baking cups, and some measuring cups and scoops from the Dollar Tree.
The vegetable counters are so cute and colorful with the sand.
I admit I enjoy playing in the kinetic sand with my preschoolers. It’s so relaxing and fun!