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Measuring and Pouring Preschool Activities

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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 In the Kitchen

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.

Pouring Together Community Challenge from Mother Goose Time - pouring colored water from pitcher to vase measuring and pouring preschool activities

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!

Pouring Together Community Challenge from Mother Goose Time - pouring colored water from pitcher to vase measuring and pouring preschool activities

So that’s why we did this activity multiple times. Everyone was able to pour water 3 or 4 times.

Pouring Together Community Challenge from Mother Goose Time - pouring colored water from pitcher to vase measuring and pouring preschool activities

They did so well too, hardly spilling at all until we got to the end.

Pouring Together Community Challenge from Mother Goose Time - pouring colored water from pitcher to vase measuring and pouring preschool activities

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!

Pouring Together Community Challenge from Mother Goose Time - pouring colored water from pitcher to vase measuring and pouring preschool activities

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.

Shape recipes math with tangrams math manipulatives for preschoolers - Math Story cards from Mother Goose Time Health & Fitness theme measuring and pouring preschool activities

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.

Shape recipes math with tangrams math manipulatives for preschoolers - Math Story cards from Mother Goose Time Health & Fitness theme measuring and pouring preschool activities

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.

Shape recipes math with tangrams math manipulatives for preschoolers - Math Story cards from Mother Goose Time Health & Fitness theme measuring and pouring preschool activities

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.

Shape recipes math with tangrams math manipulatives for preschoolers - Math Story cards from Mother Goose Time Health & Fitness theme measuring and pouring preschool activities

I thought it was so clever to call these recipes. Cooking does involve a lot of math concepts!

Shape recipes math with tangrams math manipulatives for preschoolers - Math Story cards from Mother Goose Time Health & Fitness theme measuring and pouring preschool activities

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!

Shape recipes math with tangrams math manipulatives for preschoolers - Math Story cards from Mother Goose Time Health & Fitness theme measuring and pouring preschool activities

Number concepts, dramatic play and logic skills are all incorporated in the Shape Recipes activity.

Shape recipes math with tangrams math manipulatives for preschoolers - Math Story cards from Mother Goose Time Health & Fitness theme measuring and pouring preschool activities

Letter G

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!

Little Letter Book from Mother Goose Time for preschoolers G is for gorilla, goat, grapes

Our Little Letter Book for Gg includes: gorilla, goat and grapes. Our letter tub collection also shows gift, guitar, gum and goldfish.

Little Letter Book from Mother Goose Time for preschoolers G is for gorilla, goat, grapes

Pouring Letters

Pouring letters is a fun way to incorporate literacy into the cooking theme.

Pouring Sand Tabletop Literacy activity matching letters with Mother Goose Time measuring and pouring preschool activities

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.

Pouring Sand Tabletop Literacy activity matching letters with Mother Goose Time measuring and pouring preschool activities

We can then also look for the corresponding phonics cards and practice the beginning sounds of the words.

Pouring Sand Tabletop Literacy activity matching letters with Mother Goose Time measuring and pouring preschool activities

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.

Kinetic sand sensory bin with Learning Resources Mix and Measure set and vegetable counters - for kitchen and baking preschool theme measuring and pouring preschool activities

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.

Kinetic sand sensory bin with Learning Resources Mix and Measure set and vegetable counters - for kitchen and baking preschool theme measuring and pouring preschool activities

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!

Kinetic sand sensory bin with Learning Resources Mix and Measure set and vegetable counters - for kitchen and baking preschool theme measuring and pouring preschool activities
Kinetic sand sensory bin with Learning Resources Mix and Measure set and vegetable counters - for kitchen and baking preschool theme measuring and pouring preschool activities

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