Exploring volume science is fun and easy to set up for kids! We enjoy using everyday items to test out our science ideas. So many classic science experiments can be done around the house! Grab some different size bowls, water, rice and something to measure with and get started! Make sure to check out our water absorption activity with sponges too!


Exploring Volume Science Activity Math Play STEM for Kids

Volume Science Experiment Set Up

This quick and easy volume science experiment is part of our A-Z STEM science for kids month. Science, technology, engineering, and math are so important for children to explore even at an early age!  STEM can be quick and playful like this simple experiment.  What is STEM?. Make sure to read and find out.


different size bowls, water, food coloring

rice or other dried filler {we have lots of sensory bin filler ideas and non food fillers too!}

1 Cup Measuring CupLarge container to catch the spills

Put all your containers in a large bin so you don’t have to worry about water everywhere! I measured 1 cup of water into each container. Add food coloring as desired.

Volume Science Experimenting

Let the volume science experimenting begin! I measured one cup of water into each container. I did this before I called him over so he wouldn’t know it was the same amount of water in each container.

I chose an interesting mix of shapes and sizes so we could really check out the idea behind Volume! Add color. I picked out 6 containers, so he could make a rainbow and practice color mixing too.

What is Volume? For our volume science experiment, we went with a simple definition which is the amount of space something occupies. This definition is perfect for checking out what the same measurement of water looks like in different size containers.

Exploring Volume Science Activity Water


He guessed that the yellow water container had the most volume. He was quite surprised when we dumped each container back into the measuring cup. They all head the same amount of water but looked different! He wanted to do more, so I set out three mason jars of different sizes.

He poured and measured 2 cups of water into each one. After the second one {medium sized} jar, he guessed the smallest one would overflow! We talked about the volume being “too much” for the smallest container.

Volume science on a basic level can be easy and fun for kids to explore!

Exploring Volume Science Water Volume Activity

Want more volume science? What about solids? Will the same thing happen? Let’s see. This time he wanted to measure the rice into the same containers {thoroughly dried!} Then he wanted to pour each one back into the measuring cup.

Somewhat messy, but that’s what the bin is for! We also repeated the three mason jar experiment but was surprised that the middle jar came closer to overflowing. He of course guessed the smallest jar would overflow as well.

Exploring Volume Science Experiment Dry rice Measuring comparing volume

 Encourage exploration with hands-on volume science experiments. Ask questions. Compare results. Discover new things!

Easy volume science experiments for playful STEM learning

Make sure to check out the whole series with ideas from A-Z


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  1. Wow a information for kids to do this kind of activities thank you for uploading this wonderful activitiy send more activities

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