Is your child learning how to convert liquid measurements? Keep math a hands-on experience with this activity! It’s so easy for your child to discover the conversions for themselves instead of simply memorizing them. They will have a much deeper understanding and will most likely remember it because of this concrete experience. This activity focuses on converting cups, pints, quarts, and gallons.
Locate containers that are exact measurements of:
- one cup ( a measuring cup works great!)
- one pint
- one quart
- one gallon
Line the containers up from smallest to biggest in terms of volume.
Predict how many cups are in a pint, pints are in a quart, and quarts in a gallon. Record your predictions on the chart on the free printable provided or you can have your children create his or her own chart.
One at a time, test your predictions. Record your results on the free printable or homemade chart.
Testing how many cups in a pint:
Testing how many pints in a quart:
What I also love about this is how the child actually feels how heavy the container is when they put the water in it. Children need these hands-on experiences to truly understand what they are learning. “Quart” is just an abstract word if a child just learns conversions solely on paper. This activity takes very little time, but can yield a lot of mathematical understanding.