Experiment with Measuring Liquid

Experiment with Measuring Liquid
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This activity promotes hand eye coordination and teaches the concept of volume and units of measurement.

15 minutes
24 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 4 tots


  • 2+ Measuring Cups
  • Water
  • Glass jars & bottles (any fillable container)


  1. Prepare a water safe surface for this experiment.
  2. Provide you child with a water source (faucet, water table, hose) and an empty fillable container.
  3. Instruct you child to transfer full cups of water to fill the empty container half way. Aid them in counting the number of cups it takes.
  4. Next ask the child to completely fill the empty container. How many cups did that take?
  5. Repeat task with different sized measuring cups.
  6. Discuss the difference between filling the container to the top versus filling it halfway. Discuss how the size of the measuring cup changes the number required to fill the container.

Developmental skills