7 Measurement Activities to Do With Your Children
Whether your children realize it or not, measurement, and the ability to measure, is a math skill used every day. It may be something as simple as checking the weather or time, or something more complex like figuring out how long it will take for a school of fish to swim across the Atlantic Ocean. We have compiled a list of fun, easy activities to do with your children to help them understand the importance of measurement in their daily lives.
1. Pet Food Tracking
For a week, invite your children to track the amount of food your pet eats. Make sure your children note the days their pet eats less food each day by creating a chart using graph paper. At the end of the week, have your children share their findings.
2. Temperature Check
Have your children measure the temperature outside your home and make note of their findings for two weeks. As a bonus activity, have your children track and compare their results with those of your local weather report.
3. Run a Relay Race
Using a stopwatch or a timer, have your children run a series of relay races. Be sure to keep track of the time elapsed for each race and have them predict whether they can beat their fastest times.
4. Paint Predictions
Provide your children with specific amounts of paint, such as one tablespoon or two teaspoons. Let them guess if the amount of paint can cover a piece of paper. Make sure to write down their prediction and allow them to draw conclusions and explain their reasoning.
5. Filling Lunchboxes
Help your children measure the amount of space inside their lunchbox. Use typical items such as a sandwich, juice boxes and snacks to fill the lunchbox, or try things that normally would not be in a lunchbox like blocks or marbles.
6. Measuring with Rulers
Use a ruler to measure objects around the house. Have them keep track of their measurements using graph paper and ask them to share their findings. As a bonus activity, invite your children to convert their measurements from centimeters to inches.
7. Beanbag Toss
Tape a long piece of paper to the floor. Have your children toss a beanbag onto the paper from a designated spot in the room. Be sure to keep track of the location of the beanbag for each throw so your children can measure the distances after they each take a few turns.