How can you explain length to your child? ABC Education has several great resources, including this video from Count Us In. Puppets Flynn and Dodly explore length by comparing the size of their toy buses, before learning about other examples of length.
It’s a fun and practical way for your child to start thinking about comparing the lengths of items and the words they might use to describe length.
After the video, why not try the following conversation starters and fun activities to support your child's understanding of length:
- Compare three household items or toys and ask your child to describe which one is the tallest and the shortest. Also ask them to identify which is taller or shorter. They can also order the items from tallest to shortest.
- Use one shoe to measure other items in your house, for example to find out the length of the table, a wall, or your sofa. How many shoe-lengths wide is your bed compared to others in your family?
- Ask your child to compare their height to their friends or siblings and describe who is taller or shorter. Talk about being taller and shorter as well as tallest and shortest.