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
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  • Reply Sherri

    Another Fantastic idea!!!!!

    January 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply April

    What a great math lesson, all the while he feels like he is “being like dad”.

    January 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Deborah (Teach Preschool)

    Cute, cute, cute!

    January 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts

    Cute! We love measuring around here!

    January 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Ticia

    I really need to find a good big tape measure. My kids love to use the little ones, but they can’t see the numbers.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:18 am
  • Reply Infant Bibliophile

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

    January 28, 2010 at 2:37 am
  • Reply Mama to 3 Blessings

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

    January 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Little Family Fun

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

    January 29, 2010 at 4:03 am
  • Reply Angela

    Cute, Cute, Thanks for the link up.

    January 30, 2010 at 12:08 am
  • Reply Preschool Playbook

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

    February 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm
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