Volume Senser: Foundations

Sensitive to volume even in the first year; however, they may not for some time explicitly recognize volume as an attribute (separate from general size, such as “small” and “big”).


You may see this:

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Other Examples:

  • A toddler shows delight in filling up a pail with sand, dumping it out and say “big hill!” 

Help your student become a(n) Volume Senser: Foundations

As with other measurement topics, manipulation of a wide variety of objects (filling containers, water play) in rich environments provides children the strongest experience foundation for understanding volume. Listen for and extend conversations about things that hold a lot.

Special Thanks To

Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.