B loves tools and to “do hard work” like his dad so I decided to give him a chance to use his measuring tape with this activity of measuring worms.
I cut pieces of yarn to make “worms” in 2 inch, 4 inch, and 6 inch pieces. I felt like those lengths were easy for little fingers to handle and to tell apart if any of my measurements were a little off. I wrote the numbers on index cards so that the worms could be sorted after being measured.
To modify this activity for older children, have them hunt for 3 things around the house that they think are about 5 inches long (or whatever measurement you want to use) and measure to see if they are right.