Observe the child in a bath or outside with a container of water. Provide several containers for pouring.
Ask the adult about the expectations the child has during the day. Do certain things have to happen upon waking up, after nap, etc.? What are examples?
The adult will give examples of behaviors illustrating that the child demonstrates an understanding that specific events occur after each other.
Opportunities for “empty and fill” build the basis for later measurement of quantity. Because these activities are often messy, parents may avoid them. Encourage them to allow this during bath time and outdoor play. Helping to add ingredients in the kitchen gives children another chance to gain an interest in measurement.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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