We loved this idea for an easy, at-home balancing scale from the September issue of High Five magazine. To make it, you’ll just need a few items you likely already have lying around the house. Then the weighing fun begins!
To set up the scale, punch holes in the sides of two plastic cups – one brand in our cupboard was actually too tough to punch, but we managed to get holes in a second brand – phew!
Thread pipe cleaners through the holes, then loop the pipe cleaners onto a hanger with hooks. Place on a door so the cups hang evenly.
Now it was time to play scientist and test out a few combinations. For each pair of the following, I asked Travis which he guessed would be heavier before we actually weighted.
1 stuffed animal vs. 3 toy cars
5 markers vs. 5 crayons
1 toilet paper tube vs. 4 quarters
When a small toilet paper tube didn’t balance the quarters, he suggested trying a longer paper towel tube – a much closer balance!
He loved it so much he was soon running around the house to test combinations. A rock from his collection was by far the heaviest thing, and we had fun trying to guess what might balance it out. A big set of old car keys came closest.
In sum, a great way to introduce balancing scales to your child, without any complicated work involved. Thanks High Five!