## Measuring with LEGO®

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**Gather your investigation equipment:**clipboard, pencil and some LEGO®

**Select your experiment:**what would you like to measure? The size of everyone’s feet? The height of your sunflowers? The length of your dinosaurs?

**Make an estimate:**how many Lego blocks would it take to measure your foot? Mummy’s foot? Daddy’s foot? Let your child record their guesses on their clipboard. A group of children can interview each other and record everyone’s estimates to see who comes closest.

**Get measuring:**counting out in Lego bricks is great for fine motor skills, numbers and for having a visual representation children can see and compare. Make a tower as long as each child’s foot (or whatever you are measuring) – you could add a sticker so you know which tower belongs to each person. Then you can order the towers in ascending or descending order, and even transfer this to a bar chart graph if you want to.

**Compare your results**: compare your lego towers with your estimates and see how well you did.

**Let your explorers loose**: hand over the Lego and see what else they can measure.

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Kirsty says

This is brilliant! Thank you, sometimes it just takes someone else with a bright idea to share it and make everyone’s life better!

I am not that creative with Lego, but I am an accountant by trade so this is another perfect way to interact with my boys!!!

Love IT!

Cathy @ NurtureStore says

Hi Kirsty. I’m delighted this works for you – hope you and the boys have some fun with it!

Deborah says

You could really have some fun with this! For measuring shelves and even the children you could use those big lego type blocks! You got me thinking:)

Cathy @ NurtureStore says

Great idea Deborah – I think the kids would love making towers as big as themselves.

Esther says

My daughter loves to use measuring tape and building blocks. This will be a great activity to do with her. Thanks for sharing!

Cathy @ NurtureStore says

Glad you like the idea Esther. 🙂

maryanne says

What a wonderful idea! You could even use it to practice multiplication and addition as children grow older =)

Cathy @ NurtureStore says

Great idea maryanne – I love how when one of us has a suggestions everyone else spins it in all different ways 🙂

Rachele says

I really liked this math play idea! If you want to, you should post it on It’s Playtime. https://messypreschoolers.blogspot.com/2011/04/its-playtime.html

Cathy @ NurtureStore says

Thanks for the invitation Rachele.

Roopa(Putti Amma) says

This is a wonderful idea, cant wait to try it with putti !!

Thanks for sharing..

Cathy @ NurtureStore says

Thanks Roopa – and lovely to link up with you on Twitter today too.

Simon Oliver says

Tip top idea – I like it!

Thanks for sharing.

Cathy @ NurtureStore says

Thanks Simon – and thanks for sharing it on Twitter too.

Ticia says

I’m all about learning with Legos, though I have to admit we mainly use them for reenacting stories from History and the Bible.

pip says

Lego is great for so many areas of learning through play! Mine do a lot of floating and sinking experiments with theirs. designing boats and filling the sink with water! Trying them out and adjusting the designs to make them more “sea worthy!”

Cathy @ NurtureStore says

Pip, that’s a fab idea!

min says

This is perfect for young children!

Cathy @ NurtureStore says

Thanks min – great to link up with Math Monday

Cindy says

So glad to see you at Math Monday!

Cindy

Cathy @ NurtureStore says

Hi Cindy – I think we have a new Mth Monday location over at yours now? On my way over to link up 🙂

Jasmine says

What age group is this activity for? I know these types of legos are for children ages three and up. Should this activity be restricted to that age group in classrooms?

Cathy James says

Hi Jasmine. You would definitely need to think about the suitability of blocks this size if you are working with children who you think might try to put them in their mouths. If you have younger children who you think would like to try this activity you can use bigger sized blocks, like Duplo. The idea of measuring with things other than a rule, and being able to compare sizes, will work just as well with different blocks.