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Measuring Foot!

Help your child use informal measurement around your home.


  1. Instead of using a ruler as a standard measurement tool, use an object that is very familiar to your child – her feet!
  2. Go into your child’s bedroom and help her measure the length of her furniture with her feet. Predict how many feet long each one will be, then measure objects such as her bed and dresser. Which one is longer? Which one is shorter?
  3. For older children, ask how many more feet you would need to add to the shorter piece of furniture to make them the same length as the longer one.
  4. Now, go into another room and measure the length of more furniture! What else can you use to measure? Your hands? Blocks?

Talk About It

Talk together about what other objects you could use to measure things around the house. Try using blocks, markers, or books. Use measurement vocabulary whenever you can, and introduce words such as short, shorter, shortest, and long, longer, longest!

Take It Further

Once your child has practiced measuring, create a graph to show what she's found. Draw a picture of each measured object, and next each one, draw the number of feet needed to measure the length. When you're done, talk about which object is the longest and which is the shortest. Were any objects the same length?

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