Easy Science Activities for Kids

Water Scale

Measure an object's volume with a water scale.
Measure an object's volume with a water scale.
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A water scale provides a simple way to measure an object's volume -- or to compare the volume of two differently shaped objects. You probably have everything you need in your kitchen to try this easy science activity for kids.

What You'll Need:

  • Large bowl
  • Baking pan
  • Water
  • Assorted items (apple, rock, etc.)
  • Clear measuring cup

Step 1: Place a large bowl in a baking pan, and fill the bowl to the rim with water.

Step 2: Gently lower an apple, a rock, or another item into the water in the bowl. The water will overflow into the baking pan to make room for the object dropped into it.

Step 3: Carefully remove the bowl from the pan, and pour the displaced water into a clear measuring cup.

Step 4: Check where the water level lines up with the scale on the measuring cup to determine the volume of the object.

Step 5: Refill the bowl, and use the water scale to measure another object.

Step 6: Compare the volumes of the different objects.

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