This post is sponsored by Hippo Blue
In the early years it is important to expose children to measurement concepts. In the beginning we use non-standard measurement in learning experiences and later introduce standard measurement.
The aim of this measuring height activity is for children to play and have fun with the concept of measuring height using their stuffed toys. It also provides an opportunity to expose or introduce them to standard measurement tools such as a height chart showing the numbers on the grid.
This measuring height activity is a great opportunity to talk about the concept of measurement and use measurement related language to describe which toy is taller or shorter or whether they are the same. Children will also have the opportunity to compare heights and arrange them from tallest to shortest.
Today Hippo Blue is giving away 1 Height Chart similar to the Elephant Height Chart featured in this activity. Be sure to scroll down and leave a comment for your chance to win. Good luck!
What will you need?
You will need a basket filled with stuffed toys of various heights and a height chart. We used a height chart from Hippo Blue. These height charts are removable and come personalised with your child’s name.
Hippo Blue are currently running a promotion where all height charts are ½ price until the 21st June 2015. They have a large range of different height charts, such as fire trucks, castles and animals for any child’s interest. They are super cute! See below for more details and images.
- Start by measuring your child’s height first and show them where they sit on the height chart. Then compare your height to theirs. Ask your child “do they think you are shorter or taller than me (parent) and why?” Can you find a stuffed toy in the basket that is shorter than you? Model/guide using the height chart.
- Talk about the similarities and differences – size, and shape.
- Use language such as ‘taller than’ and ‘shorter than’.
As you and your child measure each stuffed toy, invite them to arrange the toys so they are lined up from shortest to tallest or tallest to shortest. When completing this part of the activity it is important that each object is measured from the same starting point. Young children are still developing the concept of measurement and may find this part difficult. Discuss with your child that a starting point is important to accurately measure and compare the height/length of the stuffed toys.
Hint: use removable tape such as masking tape to create a line for the starting point. Children can use this to arrange the stuffed toys into order from the tallest to the shortest along the tape line. For this activity we used the line from one of our floor board planks as the starting point for measuring.
Height Chart as Learning Tool
The aim of this activity is for children to play and have fun with the concept of measuring height using their stuffed toys. It also provides an opportunity to expose or introduce them to standard measurement tools such as a height chart showing the numbers on the grid. It is essential that kids get lots of practice using non-standard units of measurement before they move on to standard units, such as centimetres.
- Giving children the chance to play with measurement helps them learn how to compare objects and use words such as ‘tall’, ‘taller’, ‘tallest’, ‘short’, ‘shorter’ and ‘shortest’, etc.
- Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two stuffed toys and describe one toy as taller/shorter.
- Compare and order two or three concrete objects according to length/height (longer/shorter than, or the same).
- Problem solving and overcoming challenges.
- When comparing the height of two or more objects, that it is important that they are all measured the same way, such as they are measured from the same starting point.
Hippo Blue Height Charts
These height charts from Hippo Blue are perfect for measurement activities in the home, classroom or educational centres. They are also a fabulous personalised item for parents and children to share together to commemorate their child’s growth.
The height charts come personalised with little sticky tabs printed with your child’s name so you can keep track of how much they’ve grown over the weeks, months and years! The Height Charts come in a range of different colours, themes and add fun to any bedroom wall or door, playroom and classroom.
The Hippo Blue Height Charts can be easily removed and repositioned without damaging walls.
Giveaway Giveaway Giveaway Giveaway
A HUGE thank you to Hippo Blue for the opportunity of giving away 1 Height Chart for one of our lucky readers.
For you chance to win:
Please answer the following question by leaving a comment below.
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Which Hippo Blue Height Chart is your favourite and why?
Please head over the Hippo Blue website to view the Height Charts range here
This competition has now closed. Thank to all those who participated.