Capacity and volume
For today's activity, you will need some water, a spoon, cup and bowl and some other different sized containers (a short/wide container and a long/thin or narrow container) that you can use to measure capacity. You may want to do your activity outside in the garden, where it is fine to use and maybe spill water. Watch the video first of all, about capacity and volume, before you start your own investigation.
You will need some water, a cup, spoon and bowl outside if you can. Investigate how many spoons of water it will take to fill the bowl. How many cups of water will it take to fill the bowl. Is it best to use the spoon or the cup to fill the bowl?
Next, investigate different containers. Use a cup and find a short/wide container and a long/thin container in your home. It could be a plastic bowl, an empty plastic bottle or a plastic jug. Fill the cup to the top with water and pour it into short/wide container. Count how many times you have to do this, in order to fill it. How many cup fulls did you need?
Then, count how many times you have to fill the cup to pour into the long/thin container. Which container needed the most cup fulls of water to fill it up? This is the container with the greatest capacity - the one that held the greatest amount of water.
Which container had the least capacity (the smallest amount of cup fulls when you counted them?)
Record the details on activity sheet 2 below.
Finally, look at activity sheet 3 and see if you can find any containers in your home that are used to contain liquid. Can you find anthing that uses litres or millilitres?