Today’s idea is one that can be slotted in to almost any situation.
Adapt the concept to suit children’s ages and stages – you might just chat, or you might follow up with measuring roughly, or later, accurately. You can use everyday objects to measure – step out distances, or use known quantities rather than weights on balance scales. (This can even be adapted to develop an understanding of algebra, for example, finding out how many bananas weigh the same as three oranges on a balance scale)
The more familiar children are with number concepts and the idea of units of measurement in real-life situations, the more easily they will learn to apply these in more abstract academic contexts.
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