Measurement is a big and complex concept. There are so many different ways we measure; we measure length, weight, time, volume and there are even units of measurement like the US standard or metric. All of these methods of measurement are concepts we have created to make it easier to share data as human beings, however to a preschooler, they are complete gibberish.

So how do we start teaching a preschooler about measurement? We begin with non-standard measurements. Concepts like inches, meters, and pounds are too abstract. BUT our preschoolers can begin to understand measurement if we measure things with our feet or even toothpicks. So this activity is all about measuring using toy cars!

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.)
• Compare 3 sets using the terms more, less, same as, equal to, most and least

#### Household Items

##### Step #1

Gather a variety of household items that you are okay with your Lil’ measuring.

I used the following:

• toy remote
• book
• magazine
• see ‘n say
• tablet
• puzzle piece
##### Step #2

Line up toy cars next to an object to measure how many cars it takes to be the same length as that object.

Repeat this step for each object.

##### Step #3 (Lil' Creators)

If you have enough toy cars, use new cars for each item so that when you are done you can compare the measurements of each object. Ask questions like which object is equal to the most cars? The least? How do you know? Lets count how many cars equal each object.

I also encourage you to have your Lil’ make suggestions about what to measure (they may totally do this on their own anyway).