Use nonstandard measurement in this free printable Measuring Perimeter Valentine Math activity to add some hands-on math to your Valentine’s Day theme in preschool and kindergarten.
If you are looking for some great educational fun for your kids, these Valentine’s Day Activities for Preschoolers are a great fit. These activities will help add a bit of math into your Valentine’s Day theme!
What I love the most about these activities is that they use concrete objects that kids can use to experiment with measurement. By using nonstandard measurement during their early childhood years, this acts as a stepping stone to standard measurement later in elementary school.
Measuring Perimeter Valentine Math
The last activity we did with chocolate kisses was another form of measuring. Instead of measuring length this time, we worked on measuring perimeter.
As with our other math activities with chocolate kisses, I set the materials out for my daughter to discover as part of our learning time. Chocolate kisses always seem to pull her attention before other tasks, so this was her first choice for the day. 😉
Because this was her first time measuring perimeter we talked about some of the different ways to measure distance (height, length, width, and perimeter). Then she began to measure and record her data.
As she did so she made some observations. Most notably she found that the perimeter around all the objects she measured was more than the length of the objects she had measured the day before.
I may provide a new set of materials with shorter perimeters to see if she can make any connections and discuss the reason why.
You can also differentiate the items included a bit so that kids who are able to count to higher numbers are measuring larger objects and kids who are not yet able to count as high have smaller objects to measure.
GET THE FREE PRINTABLE MEASURING PERIMETER VALENTINE MATH SET
Below is the form to request the free printable we used for this activity. There is a color and black and white version of the printable. The color version can be added to a dry erase pocket or laminated to be used again and again in centers. Whereas the black and white version can be used as a recording sheet (and possibly as assessment documentation if needed).
The free printable also includes a blank table so kids can measure their own selection of objects. You might choose to set out a specific bin of options for kids to choose from.
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PRINTABLE VALENTINE’S DAY THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
VALENTINE’S DAY THEME
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