Learning About Measuring with Straws

Welcome to Day 1 of Learn with Your Craft Stash! Join with us in this great series as we share over 100 different ways to learn with craft supplies! Today’s activities all use straws! Be sure to visit all the great blogs that are sharing learning activities with straws, you can find them all below! This Learning about Measuring with Straws activity is just the beginning!

Learning about measuring with straws is a fun way to work on both non-standard measurement and standard measurement units. Here are some ways we used them, PLUS a wealth of other ideas for using straws for learning.

Materials needed for the Learning about Measuring with Straws Activity #1:

Straws (to create 5-7 straw pieces per child)

1 Measuring Tape per child

Scissors (for the teachers)

Pencil and Paper

Learning about measuring with straws is a fun way to work on both non-standard measurement and standard measurement units. Here are some ways we used them, PLUS a wealth of other ideas for using straws for learning.

How to prepare the activity:

Cut the straws in various lengths.

For younger students, you may want to measure before you cut to get as close to the inch or centimeter mark as possible.

Learning about measuring with straws is a fun way to work on both non-standard measurement and standard measurement units. Here are some ways we used them, PLUS a wealth of other ideas for using straws for learning.

How to use:

Glue one straw piece on the paper.

Use straws to learn about measuring! Plus, lots of other ideas for using straws in learning.

Mark the beginning and end points.

Measure the straw.

Write the length to the right of the straw.

Repeat until the page is filled.

Allow the glue to dry before moving the page to display their hard work!

Learning about measuring with straws is a fun way to work on both non-standard measurement and standard measurement units. Here are some ways we used them, PLUS a wealth of other ideas for using straws for learning.

Materials needed for Learning about Measuring with Straws Activity #2:

Straws

Notebook and pencil

Use straws to learn about measuring! Plus, lots of other ideas for using straws in learning.

Learning about non-standard measurement:

Using the straws, measure various flat objects throughout the room.

Draw a representation of each object in the notebook and write the measurement beside it.

Use straws to learn about measuring! Plus, lots of other ideas for using straws in learning.

Use this opportunity to talk about the straws needing to be end to end with no gaps.

Use straws to learn about measuring! Plus, lots of other ideas for using straws in learning.

Be sure to visit the other great blogs who have shared learning activities using straws!

Mrs. P’s Specialties has some great ideas for using straws for math and ways to modify the activities for special learners!

Little Bins for Little Hands has an awesome cutting skills busy box. It’s a great way to help kids build skills while keeping them quiet.

Plus, this fun idea for using straws from The Candy Class.

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