When children are learning about measuring, nothing compares to hands-on exploration. This is the perfect time to equip your child with new vocabulary terms and mind-blowing comparative concepts. Before you know it, your little learner will be charging around, measuring everything they can get their hands on!
Blue Bee Printing is the ideal place to create custom labels to help cement new words and knowledge for your child. As you create your measurement toolkit, be sure to think about where you can find space to include the following labels for the concepts you are about to introduce.
Of course, most of your measurement items will be items you already have within your home! Small rulers, tape measures, colorful plastic drinking cups, small paper cups, reusable food containers, a large clock, a food scale, a thermometer, measuring cups, and your pet’s food scooper are all ideal for this process. If you can purchase or create clear graduated cylinders, your child will benefit from this opportunity to clearly visualize comparative concepts.
Once these tools are collected in one place, include your child in the process of sorting them by category; that is, items that measure volume, length, weight, and time should each be in their own pile. This process will open your child’s eyes to the many ways we depend on measuring in our daily lives.
Add to these dry beans, dry corn, rice, wooden blocks, water (with or without food coloring), ice cubes, playtime dough, small stones, cotton balls, and feathers, and you’ll have many weeks’ worth of materials at your disposal.
Children naturally gravitate toward stickers, so introducing colorful labels as part of their measurement lessons can be a wonderful way to incorporate spelling as well as comparing and contrasting into each lesson. Here are some of our favorite labels that greatly enhance this learning module:
- 1 Cup, 2 Cups, 3 Cups, etc.
- Tape Measure
- Yard Stick/Meter Stick
- More Than/Less Than
Having many of these labels on hand will allow your child to compare items and attach a label once they’ve made their prediction about which is which. Additionally, labels to mark your DIY graduated cylinder may be just the thing for furthering your child’s understanding of either metric or imperial measurements.
Fun Ideas for Measurement Learning
If your child has a favorite toy, whether it’s toy trains, fashion dolls, a dress-up box, or stuffed dinosaurs, you can include their toys in the measurement process. Ask, “How many toy trains long is the walk from your bedroom door to the bathroom? How many stuffed dinosaurs is the T.V. from the couch? How many dolls tall is our dining table?”
At snack time, ask, “How many crackers wide is your snack plate? How many dinosaur noodles long is your fork? How many apple slices tall is your cup?” While generations gone by discouraged children from playing with their food, we now know that food items are wonderful tools for teaching children. Furthermore, children who are comfortable playing with food often turn this interactive skillset into a foundation for cooking delicious meals later on.
Please give your child as many opportunities as possible to engage with measuring. We look forward to seeing what you and your child label together! Happy learning from Blue Bee Printing.