Magnetic Measurement for Preschoolers

Magnetic Measurement for Preschoolers

Inside: Preschool measurement activity that gets kids moving. Measure lines using your favorite magnetic tiles.

Find those magnetic tiles! Let’s get measuring.

Sometimes the best Breakfast Invitations are the ones with the least amount of supplies. Here, we are grabbing what we already own (or what we will soon own and have countless amounts of independent playtime with) and setting up in a flash.

Measurement is an important skill that can be practiced now and have a HUGE impact for later.

So grab those magnetic tiles and let’s get started with this preschool measurement activity!

RELATED: Curious where to start? Start here with our Startup Guide to Breakfast Invitations.

preschool measurement activity

Why are we on the ground?

We have been doing Breakfast Invitations for over two years now. (How is that possible?!)

What I have learned throughout my time as a teacher is that in order to keep children learning, we have to also keep things fresh.

Isn’t that true for us adults as well? Although I enjoy the same venti green tea at Starbucks, I also enjoy visiting new locations around the area. Same tea, different view.

We need to think about how we can use a vertical surface, the floor, the tabletop, and most importantly, incorporate movement to the preschool activities we are implementing.

RELATED: You can find the magnetic tiles we love and other favorite supplies in our Amazon Shop here.

preschool measurement activity

Why is measurement important?

For one, children learning under the Common Core Standards will be asked to directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of"/"less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. 

Measurement is also the foundation of making comparisons.

Preschoolers can practice measurement by finding things that are faster/slower, taller/shorter, bigger/smaller, lighter/heavier. This preschool measurement activity is focusing on length along with quantity.

The more we measure now, the more we are able to prepare our preschoolers for collecting data and finding relationships in comparisons down the road.

RELATED: Have Washi tape? We have measurement ideas for that!

preschool measurement activity

Why is movement important?

According to the Center of Disease Control, childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States putting children and adolescents at risk for poor health. Obesity prevalence among children and adolescents is still too high.

Yet another reason why we need to keep our kids active and stimulate learning with hands-on play and practice!

RELATED: Want to spruce up your play space? You will find ideas here!

preschool measurement activity

Setting up this measurement activity is simple!

  • Place your painter’s tape at a variety of lengths.

  • Measure out your magnetic tiles to ensure you have enough. - Preschoolers can reuse magnetic tiles for each line if you do not have enough for all three or four lines at one time.

  • Place a small piece of paper at the end of each line for your preschooler or you to write the total amount.

RELATED: Love magnetic tiles? You will also love our list of open-ended toys here.

preschool measurement activity

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Note: I used the delicate painter’s tape for hardwood floors.

RELATED: Here is a great way to introduce measurement by my friend from Happy Tot Shelf.

When will you practice measurement with your preschooler?

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