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Volume, Mass, and Density Boxes

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    Perkins School for the Blind

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Volume, Mass, and Density Boxes

This activity was designed for blind learners, but all types of learners can utilize it to investigate volume, mass, and density. The learner will create several boxes with different materials in each. They will then compare the sizes and masses (weights) and do the math to figure the densities. Educators could also create a data collection chart for this activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Empty box – Volume 10 cubic inches
  • Empty box – Volume 3 cubic inches
  • Cotton balls about 30
  • Talking scales
  • Pan balances tactile or talking linear measuring equipment
  • Sand
  • Crushed paper


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
      • Volume and Density


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Perkins School for the Blind,


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