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Measuring Height Activity for Kids

This post is sponsored by Hippo Blue

Measruing Height of Stuffed Toys - playing with measurment

Measuring Height Activity for Kids – 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?

Measurement Activity using a height chart

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.

Let’s Play

Measurement activity for kids using a height chart and stuffed toys

Some ideas:

  • 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’.
Comparing height tallest to shortest

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

invitation to play with measurement using a height chart and stuffed toys

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.

Learning Opportunities

  • 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

Hippo Blue Height Charts Collage

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.

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Giveaway Height Chart Competition

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.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find the comment section to enter.

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.

19 thoughts on “Measuring Height Activity for Kids”

  1. My 3 year old daughter would love the Bird Tree Height Chart because it has everything she loves, birds, butterflies and flowers.

  2. Pirate Ship Height Chart (try saying that three times quickly). This is very cool & pirates are such a big deal.

  3. The Elephant Height chart is my favourite due to the fact that I am decorating my new born girl’s room with elephants. Its hard to find any elephant wall charts and this one is just super!

  4. My favourite is the Pirate ship design. It would look great in my sons room, as well as recording how quickly he grows!!

  5. I LOVE all of them because they all make measurement fu n. the earlier we can share with our babies the fu n to be had with learning maths skills, the better! If I HAD to choose it would be the fire engine ladder one. ladders are great for representing growth. Noah said ‘look now I climb to the green one (ladder rung), I am growing!’.

  6. I love the sunflower chart as its appropriate and a sweet way to show children how both plants and people grow. My 4 year however decided that he liked the building chart as it was as tall as him…apparently

  7. Kids love to know how much they’ve grown and what a gorgeous way to do so! My son would love the basketball hoop as he is ball obsessed and he would love seeing if he could reach the top!

  8. I love the sunflower because it would be perfect to use with a Plant unit. We could also grow our own sunflowers in the classroom or garden and measure them weekly.

  9. My son has always loved everything construction, so I love the Construction growth cart. The boys and girls in my class would love to be measured against it.

  10. Samantha Cooper

    The Bird Tree Height Chart would be perfect in my classroom. It could go in the home corner where the children could measure themselves whenever they wanted.

  11. It’s summer time on the way and this spring sunflowers are a very good scene in this season.. I’m sure my daughter will love to have Flower Height Chart to track how fast she grows up.

  12. I would have to say the sunflower grow chart is my favourite. Sunflowers grow really super fast, much like my own children. What adorable height charts!

  13. These look great and I love the activity you’ve tied in with it. My girls love to steal my sewing measure tape or the ruler from my desk! I think it may be time I hang our height chart… in case we don’t win the fairy castle stick on one from Hippo Blue that is! 😉

  14. Aarathi Mohandoss

    I simply love the Dino height chart… One it looks very simple and nice … And second and the best is that my son is crazy over Dinos!!! He can name at the least 5 of the different Dinos and Bronto is one of those… He is just 17 months old 🙂

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My name is Janice and I am an Early Childhood Teacher in Australia.

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