Kindergarten Worksheets > Math/Number Awareness > Measurement
Using a ruler or other fixed unit of measurement gives children a concrete way to evaluate the relative sizes of different items. These measuring worksheets give children an opportunity to use a ruler with fixed unit dimensions to measure different items.
Tips for using these measurement worksheets
Before you engage your child with the measuring worksheets on this page, cut out the measuring strip at the bottom so you can present it to your child as a free-standing item. If possible, you may wish to mount the strip on a piece of heavy cardboard or cardstock for more stability and durability. Show your child the pictures on the worksheet and ask her to guess which picture is the biggest and which is the smallest. Tell her that she can discover if her guess is correct if she uses the measuring tool to find out the size of each picture and compare the sizes.
Guide your child as she manipulates the measuring tool. Instruct her to place the red edge on the dotted line on the left side of the picture. Then instruct her to follow the dotted line on the right side of the picture to find out how many squares were used to cover the picture. After she counts the squares or looks at the number in the top left corner of the square, she can write the number on the line under the picture. (The small number in each square can also serve as a model for correctly writing the numeral.)
After all of the pictures have been measured, you may ask your child to identify the picture with the smallest number and the picture with the largest number. Ask your child to compare the pictures aloud by filling in this math sentence: The _______ is ___ squares long and the ______ is ___ squares long. That means that the _________ is longer than the _________ and the _________ is shorter than the _________. Ask your child to compare other pictures in the same way. Some pictures may be the same length, and your child can tell you that those pictures are equal.
Why I love teaching kids about measurement
Comparing is a natural activity for children, especially when they are comparing how much they have with other children. Children are aware of size from an early age, as most parents can attest to as they watch their young children battling for the longest piece of candy or the tallest glass of milk.
Measuring activities tap into a child’s instinctive curiosity about sizes and comparisons. They also enjoy the investigative nature of measuring items and recording their findings. And finally, measuring is fun to teach because children are fascinated and engaged as they manipulate measuring tools such as rulers, yard sticks, tape measures or even pieces of string.
Extra activities to reinforce learning about measurement
- Give your child a short piece of string. Ask her to find items around your house that are the same length or height as the string.
- Ask your child to use a ruler or the measuring strip on this page to compare the lengths of shoes from different family members.
- After a trip to the grocery store, ask your child to separate the cans into groups according to their height. Then let her measure a can from each group to compare the size differences.
- Encourage your child to use the measuring strip on this page to measure lengths of building blocks or Lego piece.