How Much in a Gallon?

How Much in a Gallon?

It can be hard to picture how many cups are in a pint, how many pints are in a quart , how many quarts are in a gallon. We created a gallon sculpture to help us have an understanding of these units of measurement.

Ages:
5 - 9
Est. Time:
<1 hour

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. milk jug (1 ) - rinsed and dried; gallon size
  2. foam sheets (sticky back) (5) - five different colors
  3. cereal box (1)
  1. We started by cutting out four pieces of cardboard. There was a long narrow section at the top, two smaller middle sections, and a four smaller sections at the bottom. They will the where the foam pieces will be added. We didn't have a large cereal box so, we used a small box for the two arms and cut the other two pieces out of a lasagna box.

  2. Then we cut four sets of the foam shapes shown. The yellow rectangles were cut to the same size as the large blue rectangle and then cut in half. The green rectangles started out the same size as the blue rectangle and were cut in half and then half again.

  3. We then placed the foam in its correct place on each of the cardboard pieces. The blue was placed at the top. The two yellow rectangles went on the middle section and the small green rectangles went on the bottom. My son had a little trouble getting each rectangle to fit in it section.

  4. Then my son cut out the eyes and mouth for the gallon person and attached them to the jug.

  5. I wrote the words cups, pints, quarts on its correct piece of foam and my son helped attach the arms to the gallon jug.

  6. Once his arms and legs were on. We talked about how there are two cups in a pint. two pints in a quart, and four quarts in a gallon. When my son gets older we will get into 16 cups in a gallon, 8 pints in a gallon along with 4 quarts in a gallon. He is not yet in elementary school! We will save that for later.