Messy measuring

Written by: Claire Hewson
2 October 2018

To understand the concepts of weight and measure children need to explore, experiment and get their hands dirty. This becomes all the more relevant when placed in the context of a picture book narrative.

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Resources

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Pooh’s Honey Trouble by Sara F Miller (Disney Press)
  • The Bear and Grandma Scaratti’s Spaghetti by Bruce and Judy Anderson (CreateSpace) Where’s My Teddy by
  • Jez Alborough (Candlewick Press)
  • Messy Maths: A playful, outdoor approach for early years by Juliet Robertson (Crown House Publishing)
  • Outdoor weighing using natural objects: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/516084438530669012...

For children to understand the concepts of weight and measure they need to explore, experiment and have fun getting their hands dirty. By playing alongside children in a mud kitchen with a pan balance, measuring jugs and spoons they will learn the function of this equipment. With the addition of herbs, flowers, pebbles and water children’s imaginations will go wild creating magic potions, mud pies, herb soups and interesting drinks. Messy measuring is a kinaesthetic, sensory and sociable learning experience that can take place across the learning environment. You can make messy measuring purposeful by linking it with a cross-curricular theme.

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