Measuring is associating a number of equal sized units with some property or attribute of an object; for example, 8 feet may be associated with the height of a door or the length of a bench. Preschool children will learn to compare objects according to height and weight using terms like “taller” or “lighter”. Around the age of 60 months, preschool children will understand that measuring involves the repetition of equal sized units of measurement.
A fun way to provide learning experiences for measurement is to be creative about the units of measurement. For example, the length of a room can be measured by the number of letter-sized pieces of paper it takes to go from one end to the other.