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How Many Will Fit?

ages 3-6


Supplies

Small clear plastic jar and collection of the same kind of items, such as marbles, Goldfish crackers, peanuts or cottonballs.

Activity Detail

Here's a twist on a common game of guessing how many of an item are in a container. Have your child look at an empty, small, clear plastic jar and a group of small objects (such as peanuts, cottonballs, marbles, or Goldfish crackers) and estimate how many of the objects will fit inside the container. Your child can then check their estimation by counting the objects as they place them in the jar. To keep this activity simple, use a small jar and large enough objects that only 5 to 10 will fit inside. To increase the challenge, use larger jars and smaller items.

Comments

jennifersweckard said:

I like that the author suggested a way to make the game more or less challenging. A great way to practice spacial skills.

- Posted on Nov 22, 2007



Yael said:

I love this activity for encouraging an interest in mathematical concepts. When first learning about counting and math, kids are excited about it and this is a great way to foster that natural excitement.

- Posted on Dec 28, 2007



beancuso said:

Great simple math estimation game. I'll bet my little mathematicians will come up with many other items for their jars!

- Posted on Dec 31, 2007



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