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Measuring Worms

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.

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.

measuring worms
This turned out to be more of a number identification activity disguised as measuring fun. I held the beginning of the yarn at the beginning of the measuring tape and B figured out which number it reached and sorted.

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.

Don’t have a “kid friendly” tape measurer to use? Here is a printable ruler from

Preschool Playbook

Monday 1st of February 2010

Measuring is so much fun. I think they like taking the measuring tape in and out way too much:).


Saturday 30th of January 2010

Cute, Cute, Thanks for the link up.

Little Family Fun

Friday 29th of January 2010

I just put your button on my blog!Thanks again for sharing all your great ideas!Linda

Mama to 3 Blessings

Thursday 28th of January 2010

what a great idea! How did your c-section go? :)

Infant Bibliophile

Thursday 28th of January 2010

This looks like a great idea. I have starred it in my google reader to try sometime soon. Thanks!