We’ve made a few changes to Challenge and Discover this month. The challenges will now be once every two months, and we’re going to let you know in advance what they will be. For our first challenge of 2014, Inspiration Laboratories and I have chosen Fun with Rulers.
What I really wanted to do was go out and find some sticks to measure and was hoping to find one we could use as a metre stick, but it literally hasn’t stopped raining for the last week, so I’m going to share some of our previous activities using rulers instead.
You could use a ruler to test your reaction time.
Keep lots of different rulers in a Numeracy at Home box.
Measure height with a homemade metre ruler.
What about going outside and measuring plants, trees and bugs?
Measure rainfall with a basic rain gauge made from a plastic bottle.
Ask children to draw around themselves and measure their arms and legs.
Finally, how about using a ruler to compare the viscosity of different liquids?
I know rulers don’t seem very exciting, but there really are so many fun things to measure and compare. If children collect lots of data they can then start to think how to organise it.
Last Updated on November 21, 2023 by Emma Vanstone