Balance Scale

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Item #: 018729
EAN: 765023815214
Grades: PreK-5

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Publisher: Learning Resources

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We love this bucket balance! We use it with our "math frogs" (funtastic frogs) and it works perfectly 4 baby frogs equals 1 parent frog and the mid-sized "teenagers" are exactly half the weight of the parents (I checked on my kitchen scale and the frogs weigh 3 6 and 12 grams)Beyond the frogs though the kids can use this sturdy scale for just about anything they find around the house: small toys coins split peas (for "lentil" math/science activities) We haven't tried it for liquids yet but I plan to once the weather warms upIts original box makes for excellent storage - just pull it out and it's ready to go This scale is a great value and sturdy enough to stand up to my 2-year-old's loving attention but fun and fascinating for just about every age group Ostensibly bought for our 5-year-old kindergartner this balance also seems to suck in our 14- and 15-year-olds to play with itNote: a previous customer mentioned lids for the buckets but the scale we received is exactly the same as the one pictured on this site and there are no lids The drawer doesn't stick either
February 25, 2010
The Balance Scale was one of the first math manipulatives I purchased for our homeschool and it was a good buy We use the Balance Scale at our house for both play and learning It�s sturdy enough to withstand either use and it�s inexpensive enough that I don�t have to worry about my toddler experimenting with it It is made of brightly colored plastic One removable see-through bucket sits on each end of the balance�s arms The buckets are of a generous size and shape so children can find things around the house to weigh They can even hold liquid! My 6-year-old daughter has fun comparing the mass of her school supplies (a bottle of glue a pair of scissors) to a number of Unifix cubes Soon I�ll start demonstrating to my preschooler that five marbles in one bucket have the same mass as five marbles in the other bucket but that six marbles tip the scale When using the Balance Scale an arrow points to the center so kids can easily see whether or not they�ve achieved a balance Small sliding arrows make it easy for the parent to calibrate if needed: Just slide them until the arms balance A nice feature is that the Balance Scale has a drawer in the front for storage We keep a couple of handfuls of marbles or cubes in the drawer then we�re always ready to play (and learn!) We keep it put away in the box and it�s ready to go when we pull it out no assembly
April 15, 2009
We purchased this item (same item number description price) from Rainbow Resource Center last year and it is slightly different than the one pictured It is actually Learning Resources' Primary Bucket Balance Instead of being loose our drawer is a little tight and gets stuck! (To remedy a loose drawer try taping a slip of card-stock on its underside) I like how the buckets have pouring spouts and how you can put the lids on for flat surfaces The rims of each bucket are about 4" square and buckets are marked only with ml measurements each comfortably holding 400ml or 2 cups (25 cups to the very rim) My young children enjoy playing/experimenting with this scale and we incorporate many casual lessons with it; it has held up wonderfully and we expect to have many more years of use from it
July 10, 2006
This was an excellent purchase! So easy to use my 3-yr-old enjoys it Weight comparisions are simple easy and we have gram cubes on hand to find specific weights if needed Liquids are no problem due to the removable buckets We use it for math and science It should be practical for many years (my children are early elementary age) The only problem we have encountered is that the drawer opens too easily spilling cubes everywhere The scale stores nicely in the original box My children are primarily hands-on learners but I am able to integrate several concepts at once with ease by using this simple scale and common household items The brightly colored yellow triangle in the middle makes it easy to determine if it is balanced correctly or not
March 16, 2004
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To use with my math program.
Jina L on Apr 13, 2019
For use with Saxon 1 and 2
Suhad B on Aug 5, 2018
To use with my math program.
Jina L on Apr 13, 2019
For study saxon math
Karoline D on Mar 27, 2019
For use with Saxon 1 and 2
Suhad B on Aug 5, 2018
I will be using Math in Focus Kindergarten Math. This item is recommended.
Margaret D on Jul 1, 2018
Singapore Math 3
Allegra M on Dec 1, 2017
Using this with assorted animals for math measuring and sorting fun.
Tiffany W on Oct 9, 2017
We are working in the Miquon Blue math book and my daughter is using multiple functions to complete an equation. I thought it would be a good assistance to trying to balance the equations. Also, it is a dollar and a half cheaper here than on Amazon and since I was ordering another curriculum package it is free shipping and with their new shipping it comes as quickly or quicker than prime.
Brendan M on Oct 6, 2017
I chose this item to help teach 'mass' to young students in my classroom
Raelee W on Sep 22, 2017
Saxon Math K-3, building my own manipulatives kit for homeschooling.
Chrystal B on Sep 3, 2017
Recommended for Math in focus
User on Jun 30, 2017
needed a scale for math and science activities and this one was priced right and looks well made
katrina j on Jun 8, 2017
it is nice
so k on Apr 15, 2017
To help kids to learn math without pain :)
Yuliana m on Nov 30, 2016
My son needs this for his math
Calli W on Oct 17, 2016
seem simple, but good for a variety of ages.
Kevin M on Sep 25, 2016
Recommended for Singapore math
Anthony M on Aug 4, 2016
Needed it for Saxon Math.
Erin G on Apr 23, 2016
This comes as part of the Manipulative kit but I needed it separately since I already have some of the parts of the kit. Also this will be great to teach her about balance between objects and how to be more precise.
Anthony D on Nov 18, 2015
Saxon curriculum.
Mary L on Nov 9, 2015
Singapore Math 1
Megan S on Sep 30, 2015
needed for saxon k
nubia g on Sep 28, 2015
For study saxon math
Karoline D on Mar 27, 2019
I will be using Math in Focus Kindergarten Math. This item is recommended.
Margaret D on Jul 1, 2018
I watched the video and didn't see the ml markings on the buckets in the video. Do the buckets currently come with the liquid measurement marks?
User on Jan 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The scale is really not meant for liquid measurements. It is only meant to weigh solid objects. Hope that is helpful.
Can i use in oz and lb unit?
A shopper on May 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It doesn't have oz or lb unit markings on it. Its more for younger kids to try out balancing objects of different amounts on either side to experiment. The clear cups do have ml markings on them if you wanted to see how different quantities of things compare. Hope that helps!
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