Are you getting ready for the school year yet? This fall math activity for preschool works on so many skills. Non-standard measurement is the first way we teach children to measure things, at first they will compare what is longer or shorter looking at how long the stack of Unifix cubes is ( or whatever non-standard unit you are using) but soon they will start counting the cubes, and then as their math abilities like number recognition and number order they will be ready for standard measurement. You will see that some of your students will count the unifix cubes as they go and others won’t. If this is too simple for a student have them estimate the number of cubes needed and then measure to see the result.
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Gather your materials. You will need the free printable fall measurement cards ( <–click to download), scissors, and some unifix cubes. I would also highly suggest a laminator and a tray to present the invitation to measure on.
Print out the measurement cards.
Laminate, I laminate almost anything that is made of paper that I want to use with children more than once. I love my laminator!
Cut out again.
Set it up at free choice.
I like to make sure the unifix cubes are not connected when I offer the activity to students, this naturally encourages them to count, and it works on those fine motor skills too. I got these unifix cubes on Amazon here.
My 7-year-old was curious about what I was making and asked to play.
She estimated each one and was impressed that the unifix cubes all fit so well.
If you liked this activity and want more printable manipulatives, lesson plans, and fall activities for your preschool classroom or homeschool check out our Fall Thematic Units. Get a sneak peek at what’s inside each of the six thematic units for preschool here.