Grocery Store Weights

With two different fruits at the grocery store, let your child estimate which is heavier by holding one in each hand. Next, weigh them.

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Extending this activity

  • -Explore other tools that can be used to weigh an object. At a doctor’s office, you can point out the scale used to find the weight of a person. At the meat counter, you can talk about the scale the butcher uses to weigh the meat.

    -Read the book “Balancing Act” by Ellen Stoll Walsh. You and your child can further explore the idea of balance with this delightful story about mice that create a teeter-totter. Ask questions such as “What do you think will happen when the salamander gets on the teeter-totter?”

Adjust for an older child

The next time you are at the store, have the child estimate how many pounds he thinks an item weighs. You can give him a 'benchmark' weight; for example you can say “This apple weighs about one pound, how much do you think five apples will weigh?”

Adjust for a younger child

Instead of using the scale, let the child compare the weights of the fruits using his or her hands as a balance scale.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Measurement

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4 thoughts on “Grocery Store Weights

  1. This one was fun. We did the same thing at HEB this weekend with apples and grapes.

  2. Yes! The grocery store is a perfect place for learning so many new words!

  3. My child and I had a great time at the store weighing different fruits and vegetables.

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