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To start introducing math concepts to the girls I came up with Beginning Math Concepts: Measurements These activities are a fun way to help kids start conceptualizing the math concept of measurement and reinforcing counting, and greater than, less than, or equal to. Beginning Math Concepts: Measurements also helps them to start thinking critically and problem solving. I included some questions to ask before, during, or after each activity.

###### Terms to define to the kids:

- Length
- Wideth
- Height
- Shortest/Longest
- Greater than/Less than/ Equal to

###### Beginning Math Concepts: Measurements

###### Supplies Needed:

- Assorted small objects in different lengths, i.e. feathers, buttons, pipe cleaners, small toys
- Assorted large objects in different lengths, i.e. books, boxes (shoe, cereal), cans, bottles, large objects in the house (tables, chairs) etc
- Ruler
- Measuring tape
- Paper and pencils

###### Activity 1: Measure

- Place an assortment of small items on the table.
- Have the kids use a ruler to measure the items by length.

###### Questions to ask:

- Which item is the shortest?
- Which item is the longest?
- How many items total?

###### Activity 2: Measuring with different objects

- Use the buttons to measure the feathers.
- Use the feathers to measure the pipe cleaners.
- Repeat using different objects.

###### Questions to ask

- How many buttons does it take to equal a feather?
- How many feathers does it take to equal a pipe cleaner?

###### Activity 3: Greater Than, Less Than, or Equal To

- On a sheet of paper, compare the small items to each other.
- Write down the length of the feather and the length of the button. Then write whether the feather is >, <, or = to button.
- Compare each of the small items to each other.

###### Activity 4: Measuring Big Objects

- Have the kids use a tape measure to measure various big objects around the house.
- Have them record their answers on a piece of paper labeled with the objects.

###### Questions to ask:

- Which item is the shortest?
- Which item is the longest?

###### Activity 5: Measuring Big Objects with Small Objects

- Have the kids use paper clips to measure the length of boxes, books, or cans.
- Have them record their answers on a piece of paper labeled with the objects.

###### Questions to ask:

- How many paper clips long is the shortest item?
- How many paper clips long is the longest item?
- Is it easier to measure with paper clips or a tape measure?

###### Activity 6: Measuring Boxes

- Have the kids use a tape measure to measure each side of the box.
- Have them record their answers on a piece of paper labeled with height, width, and length.

###### Questions to ask:

- Which is the shortest height, width, or length?
- Which is the longest height, width, or length?

###### Activity 7: Measure & Compare 2 or More Boxes

- Give the kids two boxes i.e. a cereal box and a shoe box.
- Have the kids use a tape measure to measure each side of the box.
- Have them record their answers on a piece of paper labeled with height, width, and length.

###### Questions to ask:

- Which box is the shortest in height?
- Which box is the longest in width?

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What’s your favorite beginning math concept from the activities above? Share them in the comments below!

Have a great day!

Brandi

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