Learn About Measurements Using a Homemade Scale

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In this activity, caregivers and young learners work together to make a scale from household materials to compare different weights--an essential principle in early math. Activity includes suggested questions for caregivers to keep the conversations going and a helpful how-to video. A Spanish version is also included.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:

English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)

  • 1 Ruler
  • 2 Paper cups
  • Scotch tape
  • 1 marker
  • Small counting teddy bears, marbles, or other small objects


  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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