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Non Standard Measurement For Kindergarten {Early Years Activities}

Our Non-Standard Measurement For Kindergarten 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!

Teaching measurement is possibly one of the most loved math concepts. Teachers love to teach it and kids love to learn it!

But the  Measurement strand is  HUGE and includes many concept that are organised into:

  • Using units of measurement – length, mass, capacity, volume, area, perimeter, time, temperature
  • Shape –  Attributes , nets, area of 2D Shapes & 3D Objects, Prisims and pyramids
  • Location & Transformation – Prepositions, directions, flip, slides, turns, grid maps, symmetry, legends, translation, reflection, rotation, enlargements, tesselations, cartesian co-ordinate system
  • Geometric Reasoning – Angles

WOW! who knew there was so much to cover from K to Year 6.

In this post we are focussing on Using Units of Measurements for Kindergarten and Pre primary students.

Non-Standard Measurement For Kindergarten

In this post we are focussing “Using Units of Measurements” for Kindergarten and Pre primary students. This area of measurment is concerned with how to “measure” length, capacity, mass, volume, temperature and time.

Again, a massive amount of content to learn, but for EYFS students learning is centred on learning to measure using non-standard units of measurement not standard units or measuring tools.

Before kids are introduced Standard Measurement using rulers and measuring tapes they need to understand what is involved in the measuring process, which is why rulers are replaced with non standard units, like popsticks, paperclips and counting cubes, to measure objects using non standard measurement.

So what is non-standard measurement?

Quite simply, Non standard measurement is using an informal unit to find out “how much” of something there is.

It’s a process taught to  and used by students in Foundation, EYFS, Kindergarten, PrePrimary, 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

Which Measuring Concepts Should You Teach?

As we said, the measurement concept is BIG, it includes teaching length, mass, capcity, volume, angles, temperature, area, perimeter, time using non standard units then Standard units and finally formula.

But don’t panic, teachers don’t need to teach EVERYTHING in every year level, and these concepts have been shared out across the K- Year 6 year levels as a continuum of learning.

So which measuring concepts should you be teaching in the Preschool, Kindergarten, Foundation or EYFS Years, I hear you ask?  In a nutshell early years teachers need to focus on teaching:

  • length
  • mass (weight)
  • capacity
  • time

Click the images below for Hands-on measurement resources and the details on how to teach each non standard measurement concept in Kindergarten. (Preprimary, Foundation, EYFS)

Days Of The Week Activities
Fun 2d Shapes Puzzles For Teaching Features Of Shapes
Must Have Length Activities Year 1
Hands-On Mass Activities For Kindergarten
Capacity Activities For Kindergarten & Preprimary
Length Activities For Kindergarten PrePrimary & EYFS Kids
Telling Time Activities For Kids
Non Standard Measurement Activities {Hands-On FUN!}
Measurement Word Wall {Math Vocabulary Builder}


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