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Everyday Fun With Measurement: Let’s Talk About Math Video

A teacher helps two small girls at a table in classroom

Watch to see how an understanding of measurement develops from birth to 5 years old.

Spatial awareness is an understanding of:

  • The size, length, height, and weight of people or objects—like when they describe a baby sibling as “short” and themselves as “tall
  • The concept of capacity—as they “fill” and “empty” a container with sand or water
  • The idea of distance—whether a favorite toy is “far away” or “close by”
  • The idea of time—concepts like before, after, later, soon and “in a minute.”

Download a handout with fun activities designed to support young children’s growing measurement skills from birth to 5 years old below.

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