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Measuring with apples

How tall are you in apples?

How tall are you in apples?

Full confession: I totally stole this idea from Jen-tilla the Mum. Her pictures are cuter than mine too, because she show’s her kids’ faces.  All you get to see are my ugly purple tights.  (They looked a lot cuter when I was wearing boots.  You’ve got to trust me on this one.)

Mommy gets measured.

Mommy gets measured.

Measuring with apples is a classic example of non-standard measurement.


Non-standard measurement is how Kindergarten teachers used to introduce the concept of measurement to young children before standardized testing made everything serious.  Now you’ve got to hope an activity like this is in the textbook, or that your child’s teacher is willing to be brave.

But don’t let the juicy yumminess of apples fool you.  There is a lot of learning in this activity:

  • Counting
  • Estimating
  • Measuring
  • Investigating
  • Pattern work (optional)

P.S. Don’t forget to wash your math manipulatives before they go back into the fruit bowl!

1 Comment

  1. […] Yum! If you're looking for a slightly less sugary option, why not try Jennifer's great article, 'Measuring with Apples'? It's a fascinating activity about non-standard measurement – and quite interesting, too. Speaking […]

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