Explorations Early Learning

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Explorations Early Learning

Playing With Measuring

Playing With Measuring


From beakers to yardsticks, supporting play with measuring tools is a great way to help children bump into opportunities for STEM learning–and lots of other learning. This training looks at the value of measuring play, recommended measuring tools, and ideas for supporting child-led measurement play.

Outcomes / Goals

Attendees will:

  • Understand the wide range of learning that can take place during measurement play
  • Explore a variety of measuring tools that can easily be added to early learning settings
  • Collect ideas for implementing and supporting child-led measurement play

Competency Area

  • Alabama | Learning Experiences And Enrichment / Child Development
  • Illinois | Curriculum Or Program Design
  • Michigan | Teaching And Learning
  • Missouri | Use A Broad Repertoire Of Teaching Skills And Strategies For Learning
  • Nebraska | Planning Learning Experiences And Curriculum
  • Oklahoma | Learning Environments And Curriculum
  • South Dakota | Learning Environments
  • Wisconsin | Learning Experiences, Strategies, And Curriculum
  • CDA | Advancing Children’s Physical And Intellectual Development

Clock Hours

Available in 60 and 90-minute formats


This is the breakdown for the 60-minute version of the session:

Introduction03 minutesMonologue
What Kids Can Learn While Playing At Measuring10 minutesDiscussion
Measuring Opportunities25 minutesDiscussion
Supporting Measuring Play20 minutesDiscussion
Conclusion02 minutesMonologue

Related Resources

This session is based in part on content from these sources (affiliate links):

  • Let Them Play
  • Let’s Play
  • Let’s All Play

Content Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Age Group Focus

  • Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)
  • Preschool (36 months to 5 years)
  • School Age (5 years to 12 years)
  • Adults

Target Audience

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Center Teachers
  • Child Care Center Directors
  • Head Start Teachers
  • Head Start Administrators
  • Early Head Start Teachers
  • Service Coordination Staff
  • Technical Assistance Specialists
  • Home Visitors
  • Parents