HANDS THAT MEASURE
Hands are an interesting way to explore size and measurement. Some simple ways to explore size, length and width can be done around the house by simply using hands. You first need to get you child and anyone else you want to involve in this activity to make a template of their hands. Next, they need to draw around the hands and cut them out. 4/5 hands are usually plenty. Once you have the cut outs here are a few activities you can do:
Activity 1. HAND ORDERING:
Order the different hands according to size. Children can collect and draw around different members of the families hands and then once the templates have been cut out order the hands from the biggest to the smallest or from the longest middle finger to the shortest middle finger.
Activity 2. MEASURING OBJECTS AROUND THE HOUSE
Make sure that the same hands are grouped together and go and measure different items of furniture and objects with the hands. This is also a great way to introduce concepts such as half, a quarter etc. They can even measure the same objects with different sized hands.
HANDS THAT MAKE
After sorting and measuring is over ,it seems a shame to leave all those hands lying around the house. These hands make a perfect leaves to create a tree. You need to help your child draw and cut out a tree trunk and with glue stick the hands to the trunk to make the leaves, bringing a different twist to the whole idea of a family tree.
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