Explore Early measurement with these fun Non Standard Measurement activities for kids. These hands-on math activities make learning measuring length, mass and capacity a breeze!
Before kids are introduced Standard Measurement using rulers and measuring tapes they need to understand what measuring is all about. 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 helps kids learn 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
Non Standard Measurement Activities For Measuring Length, Mass & Capacity
Here are some activities to get you started. Signup to get the Resources! Members Login To Access The Downloads.
Ordering & Comparing Capacity Full -Empty Milkshakes
Ordering & Comparing Capacity Full -Empty- Jelly Beans
Ordering & Comparing Capacity Full -Empty- Drink Bottles
Comparing Heavy & Light Craft Activity
Comparing Heavy & Light Math Center
Length Task Cards Kit 6 - Broken Rulers
Length Task Cards Kit 7 -Comparing Mass
Non Standard Measurement Task Cards 3- Length
Measurement Task Cards Kit 4 - Direct Comparison LENGTH
Measurement Task Cards Kit 5 - Direct Comparison MASS/Weight
Measurement Task Cards Kit - Angles
Non Standard Measurement Posters _ Length
Non Standard Measurement Task Cards 1- Length
Non Standard Measurement Task Cards 2- Length
Measuring Mats & Informal Units Rulers Kit 1
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