A super simple preschool math measuring activity for the whole family! Early math skills start with lots of playful opportunities that don’t even have to be really planned ahead of time. Encourage investigation with mathematical concepts with a simple measuring activity like this one. Measuring different items takes place everyday. We chose to use our unifix cubes to measure hands and feet. Check out all our best preschool math activities!
Preschool Math Measuring Activity with Unifix Cubes
Early Learning with Measuring and Counting
Today we practiced measuring our hands, feet and shoes. All of us, including Daddy too! The goal was to see, by measuring, who had the longest hand and foot. OK, kind of easy to tell, but he was happy lining up the unifix cubes and counting them. Creating visuals and allowing children to explore math concepts in a hands-on way is vital to brain development.
MEASURING WITH BLOCKS?
Yes! Although we typically think of measuring things by pulling out a ruler, we can teach our kids the concept of measurement with this simple activity. A couple important things to stress is that the item you use to measure with, in our case unifix cubes or the DUPLO below, should all be the same size and type. They should also be carefully placed end to end. Using an assortment of random size objects just won’t work!
SIMPLE SET UP
Set out large pieces of paper, markers, and unifix cubes (LEGO or small blocks work too!)
We all took turns tracing our hands, feet and shoes onto the paper with a little mommy help anyway. I had Liam practice his letters by writing an M, a D and a L inside each tracing. Depending on the letter we made dots for him to follow, guided his hand or let him have it! We also decided to practice writing his name! Feel free to color and decorate your feet and hands if your child is interested. You certainly can explore all avenues of early learning, not just math.
PRESCHOOL MATH MEASURING ACTIVITY
We started at the bottom of each foot, hand or shoe and carefully line up unifix cubes until he got to the highest point. We talked a bit about looking for the highest point and although the top of the hand could be several places, we were looking for the highest, tallest part to line up our cubes and measure. After we finished lining up one page (feet first) we counted the unifix cubes and I wrote how many we counted by each one. We did this same sequence for each of the sheets of paper and then we went back to compare results. He enjoyed the process from start to finish since we were all involved!
YOU CAN ALSO USE YOUR BLOCKS OR CUBES TO MEASURE THE HEIGHT OR LENGTH OF TOYS!
Measure a room, measure the height of the table, measure the length of a shoe! The possibilities are endless.
PRESCHOOL MATH MEASURING ACTIVITY FOR EASY LEARNING!
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