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Monday 15th June 2020

This week your child will learn how to use everyday language to talk about height and length and be able to order objects from the shortest to the tallest and longest.

Children need plenty of hands on experiences to develop an understanding of measurement and what it involves. Measuring is finding out 'how much' of a particular unit of measure something is. It involves an understanding of the attribute to be measured (in this circumstance length or height), knowledge of how to measure the attribute and a good understanding of number.

In order to introduce the concept of measurement using non-standard measure it’s a good idea to start with length.

Measuring with non-standard units of measure means measuring things with blocks, straws, hands and feet etc. As long as the units used to measure are the same size.

Direct measure or standard means measuring with direct units such as centimetres, inches etc, and using rulers and tape measures.


Let your child watch the video using the link below to understand how they can measure objects. After the video ask your child to measure objects around the house using their hand, foot, body or other small objects like blocks. Show your child that they need to start measuring from one end and finish at the other. Also when they measure, for example with their hand, they need to place the next hand straight after the one before.They can also listen to some songs to learn about measurement.





Measuring with Everyday Objects

You can use everyday objects to help a child learn about measuring a larger object with a smaller object.

Measurement Song

Longer or shorter Song

Tuesday 16th June 2020


Activity 1 :Comparing and measuring lengths 

Watch the video together with your child and pause when necessary for them to have a go at answering the questions.


Activity 2: Can you find these objects in the picture?

Wednesday 17th June 2020


Make a measuring tape!

Making their own tape measure offers up such wonderful opportunities to practice the concept of measurement, comparing sizes and other math skills such as counting and ordering.

You will need

  • A long strip of card paper to desired length
  • paint for printing
  • object to be used as unit of measure on the tape measure

 (hand or foot prints work well but other objects can be used also)

When making the prints be careful to make sure each print starts where the one before finishes so there's even spaces and the 'measure' is more correct! It will be handy to make a strip of card to 1 meter. Now begin measuring furniture, spaces, toys or family members!


Challenge: Make a list of objects around the house that are your height.


Thursday 18th June 2020


Ordering objects according to their length activity:

 First of all, you will need to cut lots different sized coloured strips of paper or strings. Now mark one end to be the longest, tallest and the other end to be the shortest. You could also draw pictures to show one side tall/large and the other side short. Then ask your child to order the strings or strips in ascending or descending order. The challenge can be using the right vocabulary by comparing two pieces of strings/strips and showing which one is longer than or shorter than the other.



Friday 19th June 2020


Measure different members of the family.

Look for a wall where you will be able to mark heights. Show your child how one can be measured to determine their height or how tall they are. Remind them to keep the feet firmly on the ground and body in line with the wall. Now let them have a go at measuring a sibling or another family member. They will require assistance if standing on a chair.

This will help them physically see how much taller or shorter they are compared to other members. They can measure themselves again at the end of summer holidays to see how tall they have grown!