Size Up Your Stuffed Animal: A Measurement Activity
In second grade, children learn how to measure using both non-standard units of measurement and standard units like rulers, scales, and measuring tapes. Your second grader practices these measuring skills at school and should continue this practice at home.
Most children have a favorite stuffed friend or a familiar toy that accompanies them everywhere—to breakfast, bedtime, or anywhere in between. This activity, which can be revisited over and over again, allows your second grader to practice her measuring skills to measure this treasured companion.
What You Need:
- A favorite stuffed toy or doll
- Kitchen string
- Ruler, with both centimeters and inches
- Approximately 40 plastic linking blocks or cubes, depending on the size of the toy
- Balance scale
- Bathroom or food scale
- Lined or graph paper to record results (optional)