Playful Picks: Resources for Measuring

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Learning to measure our world is a welcome experience for young children. Children love being able to use “real tools” to measure things that they encounter on a daily basis.

Here are our favorite picks for introducing children to measurement. It’s fun to mix up the tools children have available to measure in a variety of different circumstances. Beware, you may just find that your child wants to bring their tape measure with them wherever they go!

Maker sure to check out our fun measuring activity, Inch by Inch: Introducing Measurement.

1. Inchimals – Fun way to learn about measuring!

2. How Big is Foot? by Rolf Myller

3. Length by Henry Pluckrose

4. Wood Folding Ruler

5. Inch by Inch by Leo Leonni – One of our favorite authors!

6. Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy

7. Fabric Measuring Tape

8. Mini Tape Measure Key Chain – A wonderful first measuring tape (ages 4+)

9. Classic Wooden Ruler – Every house needs one!

Measurement Activities

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With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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