Hands-On Measurement | DIY Educational Activities for Kids
Rain rain, go away! Come again, another day! The rainy weekend didn't dampen our rhythm and being stuck indoors presented an opportunity for some arts and crafts. Education.com is an excellent resource for interactive reading, writing, and math activities for children pre-K through 5th grade. This Hands-On Measurement exercise is a brilliant way to flex those developing math skills.
Here's what you need: scissors, paper, child's hand, and crayons.
1. Trace your child's hand or let him do it all by himself!
2. Cut out your design. If you used plain white paper, color it for more fun! Discuss this crafty new tool as a device for measurement. Ask your child if he thinks many things are bigger than his hand, smaller than his hand, or the same size as his hand.
3. Give your child a bag or pail and have him hunt around the house for an assortment of toys or household objects. (When the skies are clear and the weather is nice, try searching for items outdoors.)
4. Have him choose a few items of various sizes. Help him use his hand cut-out to measure each one.
5. Compare and contrast the different objects. Line them up in size order. Examine which one is shorter, taller, wider, or longer. Apply the same ideas to your pets and other family members. Education.com is a full of wonderful guided lessons like this one for the whole family. Click here to find this fun Hands-On Measurement game and other math focused activities.