Measuring (2 - 3 year olds)

Explore numbers and measurement in your own home and in your wider environment!


Home Learning

What to do

If you have a measuring tape on hand then get measuring! For the older children they can begin to ‘record’ their findings, exploring mark making on paper. Through this simple activity, children have exposure to numbers, measurement, prediction and more! If you don’t have a measuring tape, you can also use ribbon, string and a ruler! They are still getting the same concepts of measuring and numbers but having to use their problem solving and prediction skills more!

Measuring the teddy bear

Learning outcomes

  • Shows control in holding and using jugs to pour, hammers, books and mark-making tools.
  • Beginning to use three fingers (tripod grip) to hold writing tools
  • Imitates drawing simple shapes such as circles and lines.
  • Selects a small number of objects from a group when asked, for example, ‘please give me one’, ‘please give me two’.
  • Recites some number names in sequence.
  • Creates and experiments with symbols and marks representing ideas of number.
  • Begins to make comparisons between quantities.
  • Uses some language of quantities, such as ‘more’ and ‘a lot’.
  • Knows that a group of things changes in quantity when something is added or taken away.
  • Notices simple shapes and patterns in pictures.
  • Beginning to categorise objects according to properties such as shape or size.
  • Begins to use the language of size.
  • Understands some talk about immediate past and future, e.g. ‘before’, ‘later’ or ‘soon’.
  • Anticipates specific time-based events such as mealtimes or home time.

Key words

  • measure
  • tall
  • short
  • long
  • bear
  • head
  • numbers
  • count
  • see

Ask your child

  • Can you use some rope or a measuring tape to measure different objects?
  • Measure everyone in the house, who is the tallest, who is the shortest?
  • How big is the bear?
  • Is the bear bigger than you?