Length matching game (5 - 6 year olds)

You will need string, scissors and various objects around the home

Home Learning

Children are naturally curious and are keen to make sense of the world around them. They often wonder about questions like how tall someone is, how long something is, how many toys they have, etc. As children learn the basics of counting, they put their knowledge and understanding to work in solving simple real world problems by beginning to quantify in various ways.

Length measuring activities can be conducted in any setting with endless possibilities. By measuring during play, your child is building their understanding of numeracy and extending their learning.

What to do?

For this activity, you will need string, scissors and various objects around the home.

Invite your child to cut off a piece of string to whatever length they like. Ask them to go around the house and find objects with the same length as the string (i.e. toys, doors, chairs, books, etc). Tip: Challenge your child to measure length or height in other creative ways such as laying out toy cars, spoons, buttons, chopsticks, using a ruler or measuring tape.

As children find objects, encourage them to make predictions and check their findings.

Length measuring game

Learning outcomes

  • Numeracy: counting sets, comparing sizes, categorising, classifying, arranging, estimation, measuring
  • Language & communication: vocabulary development, critical thinking, problem solving

Key words

While your child is measuring, reinforce their vocabulary by using words such as:

  • longer
  • shorter
  • narrow
  • wide
  • taller
  • shorter

Discuss with your child

Asking your child questions encourages them to think and engage in deeper learning. For instance, you could ask them:

  • How long is the string?
  • What objects might be the same length?
  • How do you know which one is longer?
  • What can we use to measure length?