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Length Activities For Kindergarten PrePrimary & EYFS Kids

Our Length Activities For Kindergarten, Pre Primary & EYFS Kids  Teaching Resources will help build and explore EYFS measuring skills. Get some hands-on non standard units of measurement lessons to make measuring length, mass and capacity a breeze!

Before kids are introduced to measuring  length using formal measuring tools like rulers and tapes, they need to be taught the essential skills and steps of the measurement process, known as non-standard measurement.

Non-standard measuring is the foundation of all measurement concepts that Kindergarten and Pre-primary students need to be taught. Becuase this doesn’t involve reading a ruler, the students can focus on how measuring works and how to use units of measurement.

Read on to find out what you need to know about length and teaching Non-Standard Measurement For Kindergarten & Prep kids.

Teaching Length in Kindergarten & PrePrimary

To build deep understanding of the measurement process and the skills needed to measure accurately kids need to practice measuring using informal non standard units like popsticks, paper clips and blocks.

So what is nonstandard measurement?

Non standard measurement is using an informal unit to measure objects. It’s used by students in Foundation Stage, Kindergarten, Nursery, Reception and Year 1. The purpose of non-standard measurement is to focus the child on key measuring skills rather than reading tricky scaled instruments. Non standard measurement skills included learning to:

  • select the right tool to measure the object being measured
  • select the same unit and not different units when measuring an object
  • measure without gaps or overlaps
  • start and end the measuring in the right spots
  • measure it straight
  • be precise

These are universal skills that apply to all measurement concepts. In the context of teaching Length to Kindergarten and Prep Students teaching programs should focus on:

  • using everyday language to compare 2-3 objects:
      • long, longer, longer than, longest
      • short, shorter, shorter than, shortest
      • tall, taller, taller than, tallest
  • Using direct comparison to compare objects. This involves placing two objects side by side, lining them up, to see which is longer.
  • Using indirect comparison of two lenghts – using a non-standard unit e.g. counters, cubes, paperclips, to decide which object is the longest or shortest
  • Estimating – encourage students to estimate their answer before completing the task, then review their guess, discussing how to make a good estimation

Below you will find a library of hands-on, playbased activities created for Kindergarten and Preprimary students measuring length using non-standard units.  

Length Activities For Kindergarten, Pre Primary & EYFS Kids

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Students use non standard units to measure & compare the lengths of 2 different paths - Fairytales
24 measuring length task cards using informal non standard units. These task cards work well in a center or as a whole class game of "SCOOT" instructions are included. The cards include images of classroom or school items that the students are familiar with and there are several non standard units included - unifix, popstick, pegs, paperclips, and lego.
24 measuring length task cards using informal non standard units. These task cards work well in a center or as a whole class game of "SCOOT" instructions are included. Students select a card and are asked to find out how long an object is. They are prompted to select the right tool to measure the object with. Finally they can record the measurement & the tool they used onto the student grid.
24 measuring length task cards using informal non standard units. These task cards work well in a center or as a whole class game of "SCOOT" instructions are included. The cards include images of classroom or school items that the students are familiar with. The focus of this task is starting & ending points, and each object is placed mid way on an informal ruler. Your students will learn how to measure the object not count how many units.
24 measuring length task cards focussing on direct comparison. Students use everyday classroom objects to compare against each other. e.g 6 paper clips and 2 pegs. They are asked which is longer, longest, shorter or shortest between 2 objects.
These fun measuring length playdough mats are perfect for preschool toddlers and Kindergarten Kids. They'll love learning to compare & order longer, shorter and the same length sunflowers! #learningmath
Play Trays are great sensory experiences to help kids learn. This worm themed one is great for exploring long and short! It also includes student cut & stick worksheets too!
These fun measuring length playdough mats are perfect for preschool toddlers and Kindergarten Kids. They'll love learning to compare & order longer, shorter and the same length pencils!
These fun measuring and comparing play dough mats are perfect for preschool toddlers and Kindergarten Kids. They'll love learning to compare & order big, small and the same sized ice creams!
These fun measuring length playdough mats are perfect for preschool toddlers and Kindergarten Kids. They'll love learning to compare & order longer, shorter and the same length worms! #learningmath
24 A4 measuring mats for length with informal units rulers. There are 24 objects to measure and 6 different informal units rulers. Students select the correct ruler to measure each object with. Includes student recording sheet too.
Everything you need for a play table or a bulletin board for measuring length using non standard unit. There's' borders, bunting and posters showing how to measure correctly and length measurement words.
Measurement word wall

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