Like most families, meal time is one of the most stressful periods of the day at our house… prepping, cooking, eating and clean up. Especially the clean up.
Last night I needed a few minutes of quiet to clean up dinner while Todd ran out to complete just one last weekend errand. Lucas was struggling to entertain himself and wanted someone to play with. I didn’t want to give in to screen time so I came up with a fun activity for him, thanks to a tape measure sitting on the counter. Kids love tape measures!
I listed several items in and around the house for Lucas to locate, measure and document their measurement. He had a blast, took his job very serious and I was able to finish up what I needed to in peace. Of course pausing every so often to snap a photo:
The next time you need a few extra moments to complete a task, try this. Anything to avoid TV, right? Plus, it got him outside!
And as an added bonus, according to Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, “Measurement is one of the most widely used applications of mathematics. It bridges two main areas of school mathematics—geometry and numbers. Measurement activities can simultaneously teach important everyday skills, strengthen students’ knowledge of other important topics in mathematics, and develop measurement concepts and processes that will be formalized and expanded in later years.”