What You Need:
- Gummy worms or gummy bears
What You Do:
- Have your child wash his hands thoroughly with soap and water before embarking on this activity, because he will inevitably want to sample his units of measurement.
- Tell your child that you two will be going on a hunt to find objects of different sizes. You can use the words length and width if you want to give a general introduction to these concepts.
- Tell your child that, instead of using a ruler to measure objects, he will be using gummy bears or gummy worms. Gummy bears work well if you want a more consistent measurement unit, while gummy worms add some complexity regarding whether or not you stretch them when using them to measure objects.
- Ask your child to measure his hand or a simple, small object like a book. Check to make sure they know how to line up the gummy figures properly, touching but not overlapping, to accurately record measurement.
- Give your child a goal! Invite him to find an object that measures 5 gummy figures long or tall. Once he finds an item that matches this criteria, help him draw it and label it on a piece of paper. Then, give him other measurements to find, or ask him to create a sequential book of objects measuring 1 gummy figure, 2 gummy figures, etc.
This exercise will inspire your child to compare and contrast measurements of different objects, using a surprising new unit. When he is done with the activity, he can gobble up his measurement tools for a tasty reward!