Find those magnetic tiles! Let’s get measuring.
Sometimes the best invitations to play are the ones with the least amount of supplies.
Here, we are grabbing what we already own (or what we will soon own and have countless amounts of independent playtime with) and set up in a flash.
Measurement is an important skill that can be practiced now and have a HUGE impact on later.
So grab those magnetic tiles and let’s get started with this preschool measurement activity!
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Why are we on the ground?
We have been doing Breakfast Invitations for over two years now. (How is that possible?!)
To keep children learning, we have to keep play prompts fresh.
Isn’t that true for us adults as well? Although I enjoy the same venti green tea at Starbucks, I also enjoy visiting new locations around the area. Same drink, different view.
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Why is measurement important?
For one, children learning under the Common Core Standards directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/”less of” the object and describe the difference.
Measurement is also the foundation of making comparisons.
Preschoolers can practice measurement by finding things that are faster/slower, taller/shorter, bigger/smaller, lighter/heavier. This preschool measurement activity is focusing on length along with quantity.
The more we measure now, the more we can prepare our preschoolers for collecting data and finding relationships in comparisons down the road.
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Why is movement necessary?
According to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity is a severe problem in the United States, putting children and adolescents at risk for poor health. Obesity prevalence among children and adolescents is still too high.
Yet another reason why we need to keep our kids active and stimulate learning with hands-on play and practice!
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Setting up this measurement activity is simple!
Place your painter’s tape at a variety of lengths.
Measure out your magnetic tiles to ensure you have enough. – Preschoolers can reuse magnetic tiles for each line if you do not have enough for all three or four lines at one time.
Place a small piece of paper at the end of each line for your preschooler or you to write the total amount.
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Note: I used the delicate painter’s tape for hardwood floors.
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When will you practice measurement with your preschooler?