Estimating, Comparing, Measuring KS1

Little Man

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?

Sizing Them Up

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.

Can You Do it Too?

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Try some throwing activities and see whether you can throw something as far as the Olympic hammer or discus throwers.

Wallpaper

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

These pieces of wallpaper need to be ordered from smallest to largest. Can you find a way to do it?

Order, Order!

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

Can you place these quantities in order from smallest to largest?

Five Coins

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?

The Puzzling Sweet Shop

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?

Making Longer, Making Shorter

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?

Times of Day

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

These pictures show some different activities that you may get up to during a day. What order would you do them in?

Thirsty?

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Can you lay out the pictures of the drinks in the way described by the clue cards?

How Tall?

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

The Games' Medals

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?

The Animals' Sports Day

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

One day five small animals in my garden were going to have a sports day. They decided to have a swimming race, a running race, a high jump and a long jump.

Different Sizes

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

A investigation based on similar rectangles of different sixes.

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.

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.

Packing

Age 3 to 5

This activity involves sorting toys into categories by using comparing and classifying skills.

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.

Tubes and Tunnels

Age 3 to 5

When investigating these tubes, children will have the opportunity to practise using everyday language to talk about length, size and position.

I Have a Box

Age 3 to 5

In this activity, having access to a mystery box will spark children's imagination and encourage them to describe what they notice about the box.

Bottles (1)

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.

Bottles (2)

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.

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.

Compare the Cupslive

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Fruity Pairs

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Which two items of fruit could Kate and Sam choose? Can you order the prices from lowest to highest?

Seesaw Shenanigans

Age 3 to 7
Challenge Level

A group of animals has made a seesaw in the woods. How can you make the seesaw balance?



 
You may also be interested in this collection of activities from the STEM Learning website, that complement the NRICH activities above.