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Non Standard Measurement Activities {Hands-On FUN!}

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

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This is a fun craft activity for helping your kids learn about heavy and light. They will love sorting and comparing items that are heavier or lighter than them. What's more it's super cute for displaying in your classroom too! Grab these mass/weight activities from our website!
This is a fun Heavy & Light (Heavier & Lighter) math center activity for your kiddos. There are 13 different balance scale images, a set of 3 boys, 3 girls and 72 images to compare and sort into heavy and light. We added everything into a gorgeous play tray of cotton wool and rocks, for some added sensory play!
24 measuring and comparing capacity task cards. Students identify the correct unit of measure, mL or L and compare which holds the most or least. Includes instructions for playing Scoot and recording grid for answers.

Measurement Task Cards

24 measuring with the correct unit task cards. Students identify the correct unit of measure for length (cm, m, km) capacity (mL, L) mass/weight (g,kg, t) a range of everyday objects. There's also an introduction to time and how long it takes to do everyday tasks, seconds, minutes or hours!Includes instructions for playing Scoot and recording grid for answers.
24 measuring length task cards using Broken Rulers. 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 to check that students understand how to measure using a repeating unit and read a calibrated scale correctly to measure objects.
24 measuring Mass/Weight task cards using pan balancing scales. Includes instructions for playing Scoot and recording grid for answers. These bright ordering & Comparing mass/weight activities are a great addition to any measuring math center. Perfect teacher resources to help kids learn to measure using balance scales and how to compare and order objects based on how heavy or light they are.
28 Angles Task cards to help students compare angles to Right Angles. Students use the <> symbols and angle names (acute, obtuse etc) to classify each angle on the task cards.

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