The following measuring activities are fun to do together, and they give your child hands-on practice with an important math skill.
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What You Need
- long pieces of ribbon, yarn, or string
- construction paper
- Talk about things you measure around the house and how you measure them. You might use a ruler, yardstick, or tape measure to demonstrate the usual ways to measure.
- Let your child know, "We don't have to use these tools to measure how long something is. We can use almost anything!"
- Take out the ribbon, yarn, or string. (You can use more than one.) Use it to measure your child. Cut the piece so it matches your child's height.
- Suggest that your child use the yarn or string to measure other objects such as a chair, rug, or table. You can ask, "Is it bigger than the yarn? Smaller? The same size?" When your child answers, let him know, "That means you are bigger than the chair, too!"
- Now cut more pieces of string to varying lengths and go on a measuring treasure hunt. Challenge your child to find objects around your house that are the same lengths as the pieces of string.
Measure With Me
Hands Down. Show your child how to measure with his or her hand. How many hands long is a book, a stuffed animal, or your kitchen table?
How Many Feet? Take off your shoes and socks and help you child do the same. Trace one of your feet and one of your child's on construction paper. Cut out your tracings and compare them. Then use them to measure. Ask your child to predict how many "feet" long an object might be. Have fun testing the predictions together.
Take a look at the Spanish version of this activity.