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Want to introduce or practice measurement with your little learners? Check out these preschool measurement activities your kids will love!
Preschoolers may not quite understand the concept of inches and feet when it comes to measuring things. But, they can certainly learn the basic concepts of measurement when you use household items to measure how long or how tall an item is.
Springtime Preschool Measurement Activities
Your kids are going to love working with these springtime measurement task cards. These pages are ready to print, cut, and go!
Setting Up the Activity
I suggest printing the task cards on cardstock and laminating them for durability. Print the recording page (if you choose to use it) on regular printer paper.
Gather a supply of small items that your kids can use to measure the items on the cards. I used mini pom poms, mini erasers, and small buttons. You could use small cereal pieces, paperclips, LEGO bricks, etc.
Now, you’re all set!
How to Use the Task Cards
Let your child choose a measurement card and a small item to measure with. With young children, it’s easier to start with nontraditional items for introducing measurement. Preschoolers may have a hard time reading a ruler. But, they can count how many erasers long a caterpillar is.
Have your preschooler start at one black line on the card and begin placing their measurement item end to end until they reach the other black line.
Then, have them count how many items they placed on the card. Encourage them to say their answer like this: “The grasshopper is six erasers long.” or “The birdhouse is three blocks tall.” This will get them in the habit of saying the unit of measure in their answer which will be helpful as they get into more traditional measurement activities later on.
Assessing the Activity
This activity is easy to assess if you are sitting beside your child. You’ll be able to see their measurements and hear your child say them aloud.
If you can’t sit beside your child (you may be dealing with a younger sibling or teaching an older one at the moment), you could have your preschooler leave the cards out for you to check with them at a later time.
Or, you can give your preschooler the recording page included in this printable pack. You will notice that each task card is numbered. This number corresponds with a numbered box on the recording page.
Once your child has measured the picture on the task card, they can write the number on the recording page. If you use this in a group setting, I recommend setting out one type of measuring tool so that the recording pages are easy to check.
These task cards are a great way to introduce preschoolers to measuring. They’re also great for getting more hands-on practice for kids who are already learning to measure. This pack includes 14 springtime measurement activities for preschoolers and a recording page.
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