scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Size estimates
Fri Nov 05 1999 - 08:54:52 CST
A Scouter submits the following in answer to a question about portions for
Seven Ways to Size up your Servings
(ways to estimate your partion)
1) 3 ounces of meat is about the size and thicknes of a deck of playing
cards or an audiotape cassette.
2) A medium apple or peach is about the size of a tennis ball.
3) 1 ounce of cheese is about the size of 4 stacked dice.
4) 1/2 cup of ice cream is about the size of a racquetball or tennis
5) 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes or broccoli is about thesize of your
6) 1 teaspoon of butter or peanut butter is about the size of the tip
of your thumb.
7) 1 ounce of nuts or small candies equals one handful.
Is anyone else reminded of the B-P exhortation to use one's own body as a
measuring device? Remember, he gave an example of being able to estimate
weight because he had previously used his fingers to see how much weight he
could support on the first & second joints of his fingers; how many inches
(or cm, now, I suppose) span his hand was, and so forth? We all do pace
measurements, and this isn't something that would get used nearly as much in
daily life. I feel a troop meeting activity coming on.... A competition to
estimate wts & measures, then a chance for all to do these activities so they
can carry their own weghts & measures with them, too!
(The first joint on my left thumb is exactly 1 1/4 inches, and I use this
more often than you might think!)
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKi Lodge #393
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