Measuring All Year
Here's a center that you can use all year for practicing measuring length. Just replace the items to be measured every month or so to fit the season.
Provide children with a collection of similar items to measure. Have them choose four or five of the items and measure the length using both standard units of measurement and non-standard, like snap cubes or paper clips and then complete the recording sheet, circling the ways they measured and recording their data.
Here are a few ideas for seasonal items to place in the work station.
Fall: leaves, small pumpkins or apples (Show them how to use a string to measure the circumference or let them measure the height.)
Winter: Paper snowflakes, mittens and gloves, Christmas tree ornaments, hearts (Valentine's Day)
Spring: sticks, rocks, Easter eggs of different sizes (paper or plastic), small potted flowers