Early measurement is all about comparisons. Here we compare thicknesses. Maths vocabulary: thick, thicker, thickest.
Matching 3D shapes which are the same: an important start to shape recognition.
Further work on matching and comparing simple 3D shapes.
These great pages will help your child begin to understand measurement and compare the size of objects. Standard units of measurement such as centimetres are not introduced until much later so we begin with simple comparisons of size, using the term 'bigger'.
Learning the correct terms to compare things is vital in the Early Years and one of the most important aspects of measurement. Here we have four more great pages on maths vocabulary for young children, looking at bigger and biggest. You can find these in our Shapes and Measures section. Pick out the biggest frog and find the bigger boot! Talk about the pictures and use the terms as often as possible around the home.
Whether it’s spoons, teddies or balloons, there’s plenty of opportunity to work out ‘What’s smaller’. This is another great set of pages introducing measurement to young children. To start with standard units are not used, but it is very important to get children to compare two things, saying which is bigger, smaller, heavier etc.
Beginning measurement by comparing length, using the terms long and short
Four pages on maths vocabulary of measurement: tall, taller and tallest as well as shorter.
Whether it is bath water or a jar of sweets, the terms empty and full are very important when talking about capacity.