Fill Your Hands!

Get your toddler exploring more about their hands and what fits inside them with this simple activity. All your child will need to do is draw an outline of their hand and see how many things they can fit inside!

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How fast can you fill your hands?

This is a very easy math activity that lets children explore their bodies while developing their counting skills. Use this as an opportunity to talk more about concepts like sizes, amounts, filling and emptying. Simply trace an outline of your child’s hand and cut it out of a piece of paper. Then, explore with your child what fits inside their hand. 

📚 Books to explore:  Wash Your Hands! by Tony Ross; Hands are for helping by Sally Huss; and Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. 

🤔 Decisions, decisions: Explore other objects that you can fill up your hand with and even compare the paper hand to your real hand. 

🏆 Get competitive: See how fast your child can fill their hand — set a timer!

Materials

For this activity you will need:

Colored paper

Marker

Scissors 

Variety of small and large blocks

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Cognitive

Skills

Problem-solving

Indicators:

Solving problems in actions by trial and error

Instructions

Step 1:

Trace your child's hand on a colored piece of paper.

Step 2:

Cut it out.

Step 3:

Gather different-sized blocks.

Step 4:

Ask your child to fill their hand with the blocks.

Step 5:

Have fun counting the blocks your child’s hand can hold.

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Have the older children cut their own hand out and have them pick which objects to fill their hands with.

⬇️ For younger toddlers: You will have to model for your child the intent of this activity and count with them. Use a limited number of blocks (e.g. 5).

Playful Questions

How many objects fit into your hand?

Are they big or small?

How many big blocks fit in your hand?

How many small blocks fit in your hand?

Is your hand big or small?