Learning doesn’t always need a specific set of instructions. Sometimes all you need is to provide your learners with materials and allow them to create their own learning experiences. That is exactly what happened when my little ones explored weight together while playing with a balance scale.
When the kiddos were playing in the kitchen, I happened to pull out some materials, including my balance scale, from my math cabinet (end of summer cleaning). That was all I needed to do for some learning to take place.
First, my sweet little guy asked if he could play with the, “What is that thing?” I explained that it is called a balance scale and, of course, he could.
He began putting food inside the buckets and began to notice the buckets moving. Then, his sister joined in! Soon enough they were playing and learning together by seeing who could have more.
Instead of intervening and guiding their play I just let them take over and they were able to not only have a great time, but learn how to use a balance scale and understand its purpose.