Experimenting with Length
Submitted by: sumana
This activity helps children to understand the differences between Long and Short. It also helps introduce comparing lengths.
36 - 60 months
1 - 8 tots
- Vegetables of different sizes (Carrots, celery and beans)
- Sticks (Gathering their own from windfall enhances this activity.)
- Bamboo sticks (Cut to differing lengths)
- Rope (Cut to differing lengths)
- Ribbon (Cut to differing lengths)
- Utinsils with long and short handles (Wooden spoons, measuring spoons and spatulas.)
- Display random-length sets of three like objects.
- Ask child to identify longest, next longest and shortest.
- Allow the child to experience the length of each item, compared to their arm, leg or hand.
- Ask child to re-arrange display to correspond with length gradation.
- Combine all longest items and all shortest items.
- Is the carrot longer than the ribbon? The wooden spoon shorter than the length of rope?
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