Package 4-2 Two handfuls - Part 1

Estimating - Practise estimating how many objects you can pick up in two handfuls and learn about different ways of counting them efficiently.

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.


  • Watch the video Two Handfuls Part 1

  • Pencils or markers

  • Mathematics workbook

  • Pasta, counters, marbles or dried beans

Back up

  • Piece of paper

Before you start

Gather the materials required.

What your child needs to know and do

This activity will require your child to estimate. Talk with them about how an estimate does not mean ‘the right answer’. Rather, it means using information you have to think about what the answer could be.

What to do next

  • Watch the Two Handfuls Part 1 video.

  • Take two handfuls of your chosen objects and estimate how many you think you might have.

  • Organise the collection so that someone can see how many there are without having to count everything by ones.

  • Determine how many items you have by ‘looking and thinking’.

  • Draw a picture of your work and use words and symbols to describe your thinking.

  • Is there another way you could arrange your object?

  • Arrange them in a different way so you can see how many you have by looking and thinking.

  • Draw a picture of your work and use words and symbols to describe your thinking.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Use fewer counters by taking only one handful

Activity too easy?

Use a larger number of objects.

Play with a sibling and take four handfuls.

Extension/Additional activity

Compare the different ways you can arrange the collections:

  • Write down 3 things that are the same about the way you organised your collections.

  • Write down 3 things that are different?

  • Complete Learning Package 3: Two handfuls Part 2 available on the Learning Packages page.

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