What to do with this activity?
Children grow fast, so it's fun to make a mark on the wall and measure them every few months. Here's how to do it.
1) Get them to take their shoes off, and stand with their heels and back right up to the wall. Tell them to tuck their chin in a bit.
2) Put a ruler on the top of their head so it meets the wall and is level.
3) Make a mark on the wall.
4) Now your child can help you with a measuring tape to measure the length from the floor to the wall mark.
5) Write in centimetres how tall they are.
6) Check again in a few months to see how much they have grown.
This will give your child good practice with numbers and measuring skills.
Why am I doing this?
Maths is more than working with numbers. It also consists of shape and space, patterns, measuring – things you do and come across in everyday life. When children begin to learn formal maths at school, they are building on a foundation of early numeracy learning from home. Even though they may not even be aware of it, parents and children engage in numeracy activity as part of their everyday lives.
How can I do more?
Always teach numbers in a natural way through everyday activities and play. Count steps on a stairs, food in your shopping trolley or cows in a field. Compare things when talking big or small, long or short, older or younger and faster or slower: “You carry the small box and I’ll take the big one.” Use the words – up and down, over and under, near or far, more or less when talking to your child. Talk about the shapes of everyday things. Ask your child what shapes they can see around the room they’re in.
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