Inside: Easy measurement activity for preschoolers
“Mom, this worm is 4. And that worm is 2.”
When my 3yo could tell me the lengths of these worms in her own simple words, I knew this activity is a winner.
An effective way to introduce measurement to young
Related: This activity is wonderful for a spring/garden theme unit study!
What are standard and non-standard units of measurement?
Standard units of measurement are widely recognized units like meters,
Setting up this activity
- Draw earthworms of various lengths. (I intentionally included two worms of the same lengths.)
- Set out some connecting cubes with this paper.
- Now, invite your children to measure the length of each worm by building the cubes up to the same length as the worm. Feel free to demonstrate how to do that for children who are new to the idea of measurement.
- For children who are comfortable with counting, ask them to count the number of cubes for each worm. Then model the way to express the length of these worms with non-standard units: “This worm is 8 connecting cubes long.”
No connecting cubes?
Ask these questions to explore comparative vocabulary and simple relationships between things (an important mathematical skill):
- Which worm is the longest? Which worm is the shortest?
- Which two worms are of the same length?
- Which worm(s) is/are longer/shorter than this one?
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Here are more great non-standard units measurement activity ideas for preschoolers:
- Magnetic Measurements by Days with Grey
- Flower Height Measurement by Stay At Home Educator
- Measuring Hands and Feet by Little Bins Little Hands
- Measuring Dinosaurs by Pocket of Preschool
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