Families & Literacy

Harold B. Lee Library

Math Smart: Measuring Fun

June 27, 2011

Expose your children to practical math through fun, creative ways:

  • Make cookies together and have your children measure and put in the ingredients
  • Create a height chart on an empty wall in your home and measure how your children grow
  • Put different amounts of water in glass bottles and experiment with the different tones you can make with them

For more measuring fun ideas visit this website:

Check out this booklist for books about measuring, and other interesting ways of classifying things.

-Lauren Bangerter, BYU Student, Department of English

Latest Posts

Welcome to the Families & Literacy Blog

November 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

Welcome to the Families & Literacy Blog.  We hope you will enjoy the great variety of information available  that will help make literacy part of everyday family life.  At this time we are not updating this blog, but existing information will be accessible for everyone to enjoy.

Ways to Measure Booklist

June 22, 2011 in Baby/Toddler 0-4, Beginning Readers 5-8, Book Lists

These books contain interesting and creative ways to measure or explain everyday objects or experiences.

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2010, Ages 4-8.

Highlights the many different types of quiet that everyone experiences from “the first one awake quiet” to “right before you yell ‘surprise!’ quiet.” This is an insightful and calming book that would be great right before bedtime.

Am I Big or Little? by Margaret Park Bridges, SeaStar Books 2000, Ages 4-8.

A loving mother explains to her daughter how she is both big and little at the same time. She is “little enough to bury ride piggyback to the stairs,” but “big enough to hope all the way down.” Each comparison is accompanied with bright water colored illustrations.

A Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes: A Pocket Book by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon, Harpercollins Publishers 2004, Ages 4-8.

This book lists unconventional pockets that offer a creative look at everyday objects. For example, “A chimney is a pocket blowing smoke, and a pocket for a giggle is a joke.”

A Second is a Hiccup: A Child’s Book of Time by Hazel Hutchins, Arthur A. Levine Books 2004, Ages 4-8.

This book relates time measurement to actions children can relate to. A minute, for example is “sixty hiccups, sixty hops. Or if you sing just one small song, chorus, verses, not too long.” Describes how long seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, and years are.

See Also:

Feelings by Aliki

How to Hug by Maryann Macdonald

Up! by Kristine O’Connell George

How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz

Millions to Measure by David M. Schwartz

If You Made a Million by David M. Schwartz

Lauren Bangerter, BYU Student, Department of English.