Learning how to measure is a valuable life skill that my kids love to practice–there is something about measuring tapes and rulers that get my kids excited–are your kids the same way? Since we have been planning our spring garden I thought it would be fun to practicing measuring to see how large the things in our garden are going to grow. While enjoying the Measurement Garden Activity the kids practiced counting, comparing, reading, and writing with the free printables (included below). The kids were shocked by the largest flower we had to measure–it was larger than our wall!
Seed packets (we used 5)
Small Plastic Bags
Optional: Example of matured plant (fun to have on hand but not necessary for the activity)
To prepare write the name of each plant on a plastic bag and put a couple of the seeds inside of it.
Look at the seed packets to find the height each plant will reach. Depending on your child’s age you can have them fill out the seed tags (provided below), you can write it, or you can have it written before the activity. I had it written before the activity and then had Little Tiger look at the seed packets with me and fill out her own seed information to practice writing. She chose to write 2 tags and then we moved on to the measuring.
Place the tags and seeds in a tray or bowl.
You may want to talk about inches and feet as well as introduce rulers and measuring tapes if the child has never seen or used them before.
Have child measure a piece of string the size stated on each seed tag. Tape the string to the matching labeled plastic bag. Continue until all the plants have been measured. My kids laid down next to the string to compare their height to the plants height.
First we measured plants that were only inches tall with the ruler.
Next we grabbed the measuring tape and measured out the plants that grow feet tall. The kids liked counting along as we found each foot more on the measuring tape.
We taped our strings to the wall and made some paper crafts of each plant to put next to it. The kids noticed that some of the larger seeds made small plants and some of the small seeds made very large plants. They thought the sunflower was amazing because it was taller than them, it was taller than our walls and it was even taller than daddy!
FREE PRINTABLE: Measurement Garden Activity Seed Tags
Now that the activity is over I need to get crackin’ in our garden so we can see how tall the plants really grow.
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