Kids really seem to enjoy using rulers, but it can be hard for them to understand how to read them the units on them. I created some ruler game set of activities using farm unit rulers. (Click here to get the free printable for the rulers.) The rulers feature various things you can find on a farm. There are pumpkins, crows, scarecrows, and so much more.
The farm unit rulers measure objects in various units. The smallest number of units is one and the largest is six. Before you start measuring objects, you will want to talk about a few things how the rulers are set up and what is displayed on them.
After printing out our farm unit rulers, we gathered fall themed objects to measure. We ended up finding a cardboard tree (We made for a thankfulness project.), decorative pumpkins, artificial leaves, and a fake corn cob ( I purchase for corn painting.). You could easily gather objects from outside to measure.
Before you select a ruler game you will what to review the question below:
Before Ruler Games Questions
- What makes the difference between the pictures on the pumpkin ruler and the crow ruler? ( The size of the picture.)
- Will object probably be more pumpkins or more scarecrows long? Why?
- How do you line up a ruler with the object you are measuring? (It depends on the ruler. Some start measuring units at their end and some start a few centimeters in. Knowing where to start measuring is important.
Select An Object
In this ruler game children can select an object to measure and a farm unit ruler to measure with. You can talk about how many units it is long. Children can write down the number of units an object is on a piece of paper. Actually they can write the object’s name and the number of units or they can draw the object and the units displayed on the farm unit ruler they are using.