Thank you so much you guys for answering the short questionnaire a couple months ago! I just want to let you know I’ve gone through all the suggestions and comments and I really appreciate all your thoughts!
One of the things you asked for is activities that is very easy to set up that uses stuff you already have in the house and on top of that, needs to be educational!
My friends, I can’t be more excited to share this activity with you! I think judging from the nice picture above, you already know what this is =)
And while you’re looking at the picture, let me draw your attention to it. If you take your mouse and hover over it at the upper left corner, you’ll see a little ‘pin it’ button. If you play on Pinterest, you can ‘pin it’ to one of your boards. Pretty neat, huh?
I play on Pinterest a lot pinning things that would help busy mothers like you and me. You can look at my boards here =)
Measurement Activities for Kids
Now back to our activity.
The idea is really simple: have your children use a ruler to measure some objects, write down its length and stick it on the object.
I collected a few things around the house that are small enough for Elle to handle that is shorter than the length of our ruler. I looked for items that lays flat and have a straight edge. For a little challenge, I through in a puffy paint bottle that we used for our DIY Window Cling project.
Elle have never used a ruler for measuring before and I want to get her practising her measuring skills and number writing skills. I think the last time she used one was for making snowman ‘poop’ when we made snowmen with white play dough last Christmas.
I taught her to line up the edge of her object to zero, follow the length of the object and look at the number where the object landed.
Being someone who’s never still, she really had to exercise her self-control and fine motor skills to steady the object against the ruler.
The most interesting thing I learned through this activity is Elle can read numbers but she doesn’t know how to write them. I thought she learned that in preschool? I guess I’ve been mistaken? #parentfail
So I had to help her a bit. I got her to tell me the length of the object and I made tracing lines on the post-it for her to trace.
Once she labeled all the objects, I got her to read the numbers aloud just so we get a bit more practice.
Next time I do this, I’ll give her a longer ruler and get her to measure stuff around the house =)