# Fun with measuring

My 5 year old is always asking how big or tall things are, and me telling him a number followed by cm or metres doesn’t really mean much yet, so we set about exploring measuring with this fun measuring activity.

I gave him a ruler and asked him to go and measure whatever he wanted in the garden.

First he measured the distance from the ground to his knee.

Followed by some leaves

After that we measured slugs, spiders, our toes and some blades of grass.

We then measured each other by drawing lines on the side of a storage unit and measuring with a tape measure, and even made our own metre ruler using a giant piece of paper.

What would you measure?

1. JDaniel4's Mom

My guy would have loved to join your for slug measuring!

1. ScienceSparks

it was fun!

2. amber

My guy wouldn’t go near the bugs lol. Neat idea for an activity.

3. The Monko

I can’t wait until Goblin is old enough to grasp the concept of measuring. Its such fun

4. The fairy and the frog

Love that you measured slugs! The Fairy pretend measures – she makes up random numbers it cracks me up – the other day my arm was twenty-hundred and my fingers were eleventeen

1. ScienceSparks

Ha ha, fantastic!

5. maryanne @ mama smiles

My kids have recently gotten into measuring EVERYTHING – such a fun, educational pastime for them!

1. ScienceSparks

Thank you. x

6. Isil

My 5 yo also loves measuring 🙂

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