Grade Levels: K-3

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about liquid measurement including cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Cups, Pints, Quarts, Gallons topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.

Classroom Activities for Teaching Cups, Pints, Quarts, and Gallons

The Cup Song
Together as a class, write a silly song about cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. You may want to use a tune from a classic song or have partners make up a rap of their own. Distribute cup, pint, quart, and gallon containers and have students use them as props as they sing or rap.

Contain Yourself

Have your students each bring in different containers from home. Encourage them to be creative and bring in large and small containers, such as juice boxes, pots, casserole pans, baby bottles, etc. Then have students use cup, pint, or quart measures to find out how much their containers can hold. Students may want to use more than one unit to measure, such as cups and pints. Make a chart together listing the measurements.

Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Cups, Pints, Quarts, Gallons

In the Kitchen

Cook with your child! Cooking is a perfect opportunity for kids to learn about capacity. It is also a great way to teach the importance of following directions carefully. Find a recipe together and go down the list of ingredients and their amounts. Measure out the ingredients together. What happens if you double the recipe?

Grocery Store

Take your child to the grocery store and challenge him or her to find items that come in cups, pints, quarts, or gallons. Your child can draw what he or she finds on index cards and then label the pictures with the correct measurements. Later the pictures can be sorted or used to find equivalent amounts.