Balance Scale

Balance Scale

# 018729

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Item #: 018729
Grades: PK-5

Choking Hazard
  • Small parts Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description:

As the name suggests, this sturdy balance scale uses buckets instead of pans. Measures both solids and liquids, and the transparent buckets are removable for easy cleaning. Colorful scale is made of durable plastic, and there's even a storage drawer in the base. Less expensive than the pan balance, with more features. The deep buckets hold approximately 300 ml, with markings every 50 ml, for measuring. Also features sliding compensators. 16½”x 6½”x 6”

Publisher Description:

Explore basic measurement concepts. This balance is perfect for measuring, exploring volume, and comparing solids and liquids. Calibrated clear buckets with removable lids hold solids or up to 400 ml of liquid and allow students to see what they have placed inside. Easy pour spout makes measuring liquids easy. Buckets remove easily for emptying and the buckets' lids can be used as platforms. Features a built-in storage drawer perfect for storing weights. Child-friendly, balance is sturdy enough to withstand years of hands-on measurement. Build observation and estimation skills while gaining a deeper understanding of mass measurement. Balance measures 16½L x 6½W x 6H. Looking for something to measure? Our Three Bear Family® Counters (LER 0744) make the perfect companion to this balance. Grades PreK+.

Category Description for Saxon K-3 Program:

The Teacher's Manual contains the actual lesson plans and information vital to the effective presentation of math concepts. The consumable Meeting Books are used during the teacher-student "meeting" in which concepts are introduced, demonstrated and practiced. If teaching more than one student at the same level, you will only need one meeting book. Consumable Student Workbooks are used in grades 1-3 only and contain student materials, flash cards and practice pages. The Math K Home Study Kit contains teacher edition and meeting book. Math 1, 2, and 3 kits contain teacher edition, meeting book, and a set of 2 workbooks. Manipulatives are a vital, integral part of the program; these are not included in the Home Study Kits, but are available through us also.

Category Description for Saxon Math:

Students like Saxon because they feel successful in math instead of overwhelmed.

The most popular homeschooling math program hands down! Highly recommended by both Mary Pride and Cathy Duffy, Saxon Math also wins our award for the "Most Requested Text." Saxon math is a "user-friendly" math program - even for Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus and other usually difficult math topics. Learning is incremental and each new concept is continuously reviewed, so the learning has time to "sink in" instead of being forgotten when the next topic is presented. Higher scores on standardized tests and increased enrollments in upper-level math and science classes have resulted where Saxon has been used in public schools. Students like Saxon because they feel successful in math instead of overwhelmed. Because of the format, children are able to work more independently.


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1.35 (lbs.)
12.25" x 5.31" x 6.0"
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Why did you choose this?
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Science Center
Adrianna C on Jan 3, 2022
We bought this to help with our Singapore Math.
Elizabeth E on Sep 28, 2021
Science Center
Adrianna C on Jan 3, 2022
Sandy C on Oct 14, 2021
We bought this to help with our Singapore Math.
Elizabeth E on Sep 28, 2021
it was needed for my Saxon 1 curriculum. i like the deep containers
Amy M on Aug 17, 2021
first grade science
Theresa G on Aug 4, 2021
I had most of the manipulatives suggested for Primary Math U.S. Edition 2A and 2B except for this balance, a meter/yard ruler and the hundred unit cube.
Katheryn P on Jul 5, 2021
I need this for Saxon MAth
Laura S on Jul 2, 2021
I plan to use this to help my Kindergarten student compare weight and build awareness of metric units of measurement.
Jennifer E on Mar 10, 2021
As a tool to start helping the understanding of weight.
Hannah S on Feb 26, 2021
Part of the Saxon Math 1 kit & I know my kids will love this beyond the class time use!
MONIQUE V on Nov 6, 2020
I added this so I could use the grade 2 math kit for kindergarten too.
Jennifer K on Aug 15, 2020
Use with Singapore Math
Marcella B on Aug 11, 2020
manipulatives for my pre k and 3rd grader
Adila N on Aug 8, 2020
simple scale.
Marsha S on Aug 2, 2020
great deal and nice option to purchase separately!
Rosanne G on Aug 1, 2020
Things we didn't already have for Singapore Math Dimensions PK.
Tomekia V on Jul 18, 2020
Seemed like a great balance scale, and loved that liquid could be measured,
Sierra L on Jul 3, 2020
singapore math recommended
Danielle H on Jun 13, 2020
Useful in Saxon 2 and just plain fun to play with
Kristen V on Aug 28, 2019
Selecting certain materials to create a Saxon math K kit.
Becky L on Aug 22, 2019
to use with Saxon Math
Karla B on Jun 19, 2019
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
Sandy C on Oct 14, 2021
it was needed for my Saxon 1 curriculum. i like the deep containers
Amy M on Aug 17, 2021
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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Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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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