Blocks are one of my favorite ways of getting my kiddos to engage in preschool activities. So today, we’re using our unit fix cubes to measure those body tracings we created last week in the Body Tracing and Painting Activity. 

We think of measuring in terms of inches or feet or centimeters. As adults, measurement is done in very precise units, but those precise units mean nothing to our kids. While, you certainly can hand them a ruler and they can tell you that something is 9 inches long, they don’t actually understand what that measurement means. So instead of using those abstract units of measurement, we use something like blocks which is very hands-on and visual so that our preschoolers can learn what it means to measure something.

This preschool activity will work on measuring the length of an object.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Measurement

  • Use nonstandard units to measure items (hand lengths, string lengths, etc.)

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Measurement

  • Use nonstandard units to measure items (hand lengths, string lengths, etc.)

Required Materials

*Affiliate Link

Body Outlines

*Blocks

Step #1

Place the tracing of your Lil’s body on the floor.

Step #2

Use blocks to measure the different parts of your child’s body.

  • Arm
  • Leg
  • Foot
  • Hand
  • Head

Teacher Tip

Have conversations with your preschoolers as you’re doing this. Talk about the importance of keeping the cubes next to each other versus having large gaps in between the cubes to make the measurements accurate. Talk about how many cubes long the leg is versus how many cubes long the arm is. Conversations will take this activity from laying blocks on top of a drawing to measuring.

Pro Parent Bundles

Love my lessons? Become a Pro member today and get access to bonus content!