Experiments

Watch Me Grow

Watch Me Grow
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Show your child how much he or she is growing in height and weight in a visual way that they can understand.

Time
10 minutes
Ages
24 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 4 tots
Rating

Supplies

  • 1 Pencil
  • 1 Book (a large, hardcover book for measuring height)
  • 1 Blank wall space (that you don't mind drawing pencil lines)
  • 1 Scale
  • 2 pieces Graph paper (to draw a graph for your child to visually see how their growing)

Steps

  1. Have your child stand up against the wall. Hold the book flat on their head against the wall, and then let them walk away. Draw a line against the bottom edge of the book and date the line. Show your child and say, "Look how tall you are!"
  2. Get out the scale and step on it. Tell your child, "look, mommy (or daddy) is ---- pounds!" What about you? Help your child step on the scale and see how much they weigh.
  3. Repeat this activity regularly to allow your child to see how quickly they grow. Once a month may work well. Get excited no matter what the number. "You weigh more this week! You weigh less this week! You weigh the same this week!"
  4. To make their growth even more visual (especially for weight), show your child how you can chart their growth on a graph. Use the left hand side for weight, and the bottom edge for the date.
Adaptations
Use a bar graph to track height/weight and let your child color in each bar a different color.
Ask an older child, "How much more do you weight this time?" Provide a number line to help your child count up.

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