Early Years Activities - Measures

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Beat the Clock

Age 3 to 5

Children use everyday language to talk about time, to compare quantities and to solve problems

How Long Are You?

Age 3 to 5

Children use everyday language to talk about size, to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems

Calendar Muddle

Age 3 to 5

This activity encourages children to think about times of day and the order in which they do different activities throughout the day.

Cooking with Children

Age 3 to 5

By following some simple recipes in this task, children can practise the skills of measuring and counting ingredients.

Sock Washing Line

Age 3 to 5

In this task, children are encouraged to spot pairs of socks and to order the socks by size and length on the washing line.

Wrapping Parcels

Age 3 to 5

In this activity, children have the opportunity to wrap some toys and to measure and discuss the size of the box or wrapping paper that they will need.

Making Caterpillars

Age 3 to 5

By making 'caterpillars' in this activity, children will have an opportunity to practise using language of length and width, as well as using non-standard measures to compare lengths.

Mud Kitchen

Age 3 to 5

When playing in this mud kitchen, children will be using the language of size and capacity to choose utensils for different tasks.

Balances

Age 3 to 5

In this activity, children will use the language of weight when comparing objects on a balance scale.

Water, Water ...

Age 3 to 5

This task provides a real-life context for children to compare capacities in order to choose the biggest container for their lemonade.

Long Creatures

Age 3 to 5

In this task, making a variety of long creatures out of card will provide an opportunity for children to discuss and compare lengths.

Timing

Age 3 to 5

In this task, children will practise using a variety of timers to work out how many items they can put into a jar before the time finishes.

Presents

Age 3 to 5

Comparing the wrapped presents in this activity will give children the chance to explore and discuss weight, including the idea that large objects aren't necessarily the heaviest.

The Spring Scale

Age 3 to 5

Using the spring scale in this activity provides an engaging context in which children can explore and discuss the weight of different objects.