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Buckets of Popcorn

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    Children's Museum Of Houston

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Buckets of Popcorn

In this activity, learners develop an understanding of cylinders and volume as they compare two sizes of popcorn buckets.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • paper
  • tape
  • cotton balls, pom-poms or packing peanuts


  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Solid Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
      • Polygons
    • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • The Children's Museum of Houston, 2012

Funding Source:

  • ExxonMobil


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