Preschool is a great time to begin learning simple measurements.  To begin you may want to start with such things as classifying things as either Big or Little, Long or Short.  Eventually, you want to actually show your children how to use measurement tools to determine the length or height of an object.  Eventually, your children can begin to learn how we measure weight, time, and volume.


Set out a pile of objects.

Have your children divide the objects in to two piles.
Big and Little or Long and Short.

Take two or three straws and cut them into 4- 5 pieces of various sizes.
Set out the straws on a table and have your children take turns placing the straws in order.
Have the child find the largest piece of straw and place it at the bottom.
Then have them find the next largest and place it on top of the largest piece.
Continue until the straws are stacked up in order of size.

Extension:  A fun extension of this activity is to have the child put the straws back into
The original straw lengths.


Set out a non-digital bathroom scale.

Let your children take turns stepping on the scale and determining their weight.
Children may want to try weighing with their shoes on and then with them off.

Try to obtain a food scale for your children to use.
Set out some small potatoes.
Let children take turns weighing out different amounts of potatoes.
It is best to do this activity with two or three children at a time, rather than a larger group.
Wrap yarn around each child’s head and cut it to size.
Lay out the yarn pieces to see which child has the biggest head.
Using a ball of yarn, measure the length of several small to medium sized objects in your room.
Cut the yarn each time and put the yarn piece in a box.
Set out the box and let your children each take out a yarn piece.
Children then go on a hunt to find the object in the room that fits their piece of yarn.

Cut out several paper fish of various sizes.
Set out some rulers and have your children measure the fish to determine which fish is the largest.  (Children will probably be able to see which fish is the largest, but confirm their guess with the actual measurement.)
Give each of your children a ruler.
Let them go around the room measuring objects.
Have them hunt for objects that are exactly one foot long.
Be sure to have some one foot objects setting out.
Every couple of months, hang a growth chart on your wall.
Measure each of your children against the chart and write their name on their height line.
A fun activity for your children when you are talking about large animals is to actually show them how long or tall an animal really is.
First find out an average length or height of the animal, then cut out a piece of yarn that length.
Let your children go outside and unwind the yarn to see how big the animal really is.
Children love this activity, but be sure to supervise the use of long yarn sections at all times.
Talk about hot and cold with your children.  Discuss examples of when they are hot and when they are cold.
Set a temperature gage outside and have a child help you read it every day.
Then come inside and mark the reading on a simple temperature gage drawn on a piece of paper.
At the top of the paper chart draw a picture of a sun (representing hot) and at the bottom draw a picture of a snowflake (representing cold).
Children can watch the chart indicator go up and down, from medium to hotter or colder.