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How Many Can I Grab?

Ask your child to predict how many marshmallows he can hold in one hand. Let him try it and count. Repeat with other small objects.

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Extending this activity

  • -Have the children find three more items around the house to grab with their hands. Challenge them to find items they think they can grab more than ten of, one item they can grab less than ten of, and one item they can grab exactly ten of.

    -This would be a fun activity to try once a year. Keep track of how many marshmallows the child can grab at three years old. Then again at four and five years old. Can he or she hold more? Talk about how as the child grows, his or her hand grows too and is able to hold more.

Adjust for an older child

Have the child predict exactly how many of each item he can grab, and then test his prediction.

Adjust for a younger child

Only use two items, such as giant marshmallows and jelly beans. Ask the child which item he thinks he can grab the most of. The least of? Help him test his prediction by grabbing each of the items and counting.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Measurement

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