measuring devices around your home for your children’s play. My
children have all loved tape measures and spent happy hours measuring
things and asking me to help them compare measured objects. Rulers are
made readily available. Scales, measuring cups, spoons, etc. are all
first measurement concept is comparison of sizes. Your child can place
objects in order by height, and then by length, then by weight, etc. A
number of the math readers provide an excellent introduction to
understanding relative sizes.
the grocery store or when putting away groceries, you can ask which
item weighs the most, and decide together by holding the objects or by
reading the weights on the labels. Famous riddles such as “which
weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of lead?” are fun to
explore the idea of weight.
can explore volumes by testing various shapes to see which one holds
the most or least water. For example, you can use an empty soft-drink
bottle and a saucepan to ask a question such as, "If you fill the
bottle with water and empty it into the saucepan, will it all fit? Will
it overflow? Which holds more?" This can be done with any size
exploring distances, you can use ways to measure other than standard
units. Use the length of your child’s hand and foot to measure
distance, and then your own. "How many heel-to-toe footsteps will it
take for you to walk across this room?" After there is a result ask,
"Will it take me more or fewer steps to cross the room?" Try to
estimate and recognize that if your foot is larger, you'll take fewer
steps. There are fun games we’ve played on www.pbskids.org Cyberchase
site that deal with measuring and comparing using different units.
you and your child enjoy making projects, you can make a tape measure.
Tape together strips of paper and mark them in inches or centimeters.
Or make your own ruler.
weights of items that are written as decimals. Encourage your older
child to read the price labels on meats or deli items. Can he or she
tell that 1.25 pounds is 1 1/4 pounds? If the price is $2.69 per pound,
can he or she estimate what 2 or 3 pounds would cost?
Grocery Math website: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Math/grocerymath.html