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Jump and Measure!

Jump as far as you can and then measure the distance using informal measurement tools.


  • Blocks
  • Tape


  1. Find a large space with a soft surface such as a grassy area.
  2. Create a starting line.
  3. Have your child jump forward and then together, measure the distance from the starting line to where she lands. Mark off the spot with a piece of tape.
  4. Go back to the starting line and have her jump forward even farther.
  5. Measure again and mark the new spot.
  6. Figure out how many blocks farther she was able to jump this time.

Talk About It

Talk together about different ways you could measure the length of your child's jumps. Brainstorm some informal measuring tools such as books or markers, and then talk about some formal measuring tools that can be used such as measuring tape and yardsticks.

Take It Further

Line up 20 blocks from the starting line and make a mark where they end. Remove the blocks and ask your child to predict how many times she will need to jump to get to the finish line. Have her take her first jump from the starting line and measure how many blocks she traveled. How many more does she need to get to the end? Keep going until she gets there!

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