Sand: Exploring Measurement
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Interaction Ideas (Sand)

Identifying the attribute

You notice children are playing in the sand area. Take the opportunity to draw their attention to the attributes of the objects they are using. Extend children's understanding by naming the attributes you are focusing on. For example:
When the children are digging:
When the children are making roads:
When the children are filling and tipping

Direct comparison

Children are running cars down a spouting or plank into the sandpit. Encourage them to compare the distances different cars travel to find out whose car goes the furthest.
You see children filling containers with sand. As appropriate, encourage them to lift and hold containers to find out which is the heaviest.
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Indirect comparison

The children are making roads in the sand area. Encourage them to use string to compare the lengths of their roads.
The children are making volcanoes out of sand. Encourage them to use string to compare the distances around the base of their volcanoes.
Ask children to describe their thinking as they measure:

Using something to measure

The children are making roads in the sand area. Encourage them to use other objects they have available to measure the length of their roads.
The children are making volcanoes out of sand. Encourage them to use available objects to measure the size of their volcanoes.
You see the children filling up containers with sand. Support them to use cups or other small containers to measure and compare volume.

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